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Covid-19: Situation in China & Hongkong

Covid-19: Situation in China & Hongkong

Since mid-February, China has been urging industries to resume operations. However, barriers remain. CPCIF notes that 86% of chemical plants have reopened, but many of them are not in full operation. The lack of orders is a key reason, although manufacturers also still face raw material and transportation obstacles in addition to difficulty with implementing environmental protection rules. See here and see for info on the Hunan (here), Zhejiang (here), Shanghai (here) and Hongkong (here).

Covid-19: Situation in India

Covid-19: Situation in India

On 20 April, the Indian government decided that until 3 May non-essential activities must remain shut down. Some additional activities, however, are allowed to open, including companies in rural areas and in Special Economic Zones and manufacturing facilities of essential goods, such as pharmaceuticals or food. Chemicals as such are not mentioned. If a facility is reopened it must undertake all health and safety measures listed in the guidelines, such as providing transportation for workers and mandatory thermal screening at the entry and exit points of the worksite. All goods traffic is allowed to run. See here and see here for additional info on Haryana and Himachal Pradesh

Several organizations provide regular useful updates of global developments concerning Covid-19

Several organizations provide regular useful updates of global developments concerning Covid-19

 
Organization Update type Link
World Health Organization Situation reports Link
     
Johns Hopkins University Dashboard Link
     
International Labor Org. Country policy responses Link
     
IRU Impact on road transport Link
     
UN ECE Border crossing status Link
 
ICTA advice for safe business operations during Covid-19
In order to ensure safe and operational supply chains, chemical distributors must deal with Covid-19. ICTA has prepared a brief overview of actions to protect your employees and limit the spread of the virus. The overview is available at the ICTA secretariat.