China’s coronavirus quarantine threatens supply chains as ‘vulnerable’ seamen forced to endure weeks of isolation

Beijing’s harsh quarantine measures are forcing hundreds of thousands of Chinese seafarers to endure weeks of isolation before they can go home, as seamen look to return for the Lunar New Year holiday, the strict rules are threatening to cause supply chain disruptions in the Pearl River Delta

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China’s coronavirus quarantine threatens supply chains as ‘vulnerable’ seamen forced to endure weeks of isolation

Spending months at sea is part of the job for Chinese crewmen like Geng, but as the coronavirus pandemic drastically alters the way people move around the world, the stretches away from home are getting longer and longer.

After finishing a seven-month contract in late October and disembarking at the Egyptian seaport of Suez, Geng, who only gave his surname, is still in quarantine one and a half months later.

“Two more weeks to go,” he said recently from his third and final hotel room stay in his hometown in Hebei province.

Fuente:

Ji Siqui-https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3160935/chinas-coronavirus-quarantine-threatens-supply-chains?module=perpetual_scroll_0&pgtype=article&campaign=3160935