After shutting down following Coronavirus outbreak in Beijing, Airbus is gradually reopening its assembly line. General Motors began limited production started working on Saturday, while Toyota started on Monday morning.
Following a painful experience of Coronavirus with some still worried about the deadly disease, China is trying to reopen for business.
China is currently the world’s second-largest economy. The country shut down three weeks ago as Coronavirus outbreak went viral threatening tens of thousands of people, which resulted in an unexpected long Chinese holiday.
The temporal shutdown sent a warning that the global economy could be dangerously affected if the world’s pre-eminent manufacturing stations stayed shut for long.
As some factories reopen for business, the monumental charge of restarting China is becoming more clear. China’s efforts to control Coronavirus are clashing with its moves to get back to work. Beijing has charged it leaders with the task of striking a balance between keeping people safe from the virus and reopening manufacturing powerhouses.
Experts and companies in China have confirmed that some of the few companies that have reopened operations are still performing below usual capacity. Even supply lines have been seriously severed as quarantines, blocked roads and checkpoints are stopping millions of workers from returning to their normal work activities.
The Chinese authorities are tasking companies that are ready to reopen to provide masks to workers, read their temperatures and ensure that their movements are tracked to make sure they haven’t come into contact with the coronavirus.
“The kind of fear and freeze that has taken hold in terms of economic activity is likely to persist. I don’t really see a good outcome,” said George Magnus, a research associate at Oxford University’s China Center.
According to officials, by Monday 17, Feb. over 70,000 people had been tested with the coronavirus and more than 1,700 had died worldwide as a result. In other countries, fresh cases of the Coronavirus continue to be confirmed, including an American who was identified with the disease in Malaysia on Sunday who had been on a cruise ship, raising concerns about another potential cluster outside mainland China.
On Sunday, Taiwan confirmed that a 61-year-old man who had a history of poor health but has never travelled to China died of the Coronavirus, bringing him the fifth person to die of the virus outside the mainland.
Although the speed of new cases of the Coronavirus that has been officially confirmed in mainland China, where the outbreak started has slowed down.