Business operations in the Yangtze River Delta unaffected by outbreaks: businesses

Aerial photo taken on June 3, 2022 shows builders working at the construction site of a bridge, which is part of a mega water diversion project to divert water from the Yangtze River to the Huaihe River in the province. Chinese from Anhui (east). (Xinhua/Liu Junxi)

In the face of recent COVID-19 cases, traders and producers in the Yangtze River Delta, a major manufacturing and trading hub, have been closely monitoring while maintaining normal operations, and local governments are seeking to minimize economic disruption while limiting the spread. of the virus.

Just a month after the lockdown ended in Shanghai, the center of the delta region, outbreaks were reported in several cities in the region over the weekend. Xuzhou, in east China’s Jiangsu Province, reported 13 new cases on Saturday and Wuxi, also in Jiangsu, reported 31 infections on Saturday.

As the epidemic situation persists with new cases reported, businesses have continued to operate smoothly, thanks to increased efforts by local governments to secure the supply chain while responding to the epidemic with rapid and effective prevention and control. precise, the Global Times learned from several traders and producers in the region on Sunday.

Zhao Yong, an official with Shanghai Shirui Supply Chain Management Co, whose logistics business is mainly based in the Yangtze River Delta, told the Global Times that the current scattered outbreaks have had no particular impact on their business as a epidemic control measures in the corresponding cities. are targeted and take into account the needs of the local economy.

“We have cargo transportation business in cities like Wuxi and so far there is no impact as the restriction measures are limited to certain places in relation to reported cases as transportation between cities remains OK,” he said, adding that the company has seen business pick up month on month and he expects more orders to come in July as production picks up and confidence rises. bounces.

To minimize unnecessary disruption to the economy and people’s lives, local governments in the region and beyond are implementing the epidemic control measures while avoiding a one-size-fits-all approach, according to media reports.

For example, except for medium and high-risk areas in Xuzhou, residents of the city can still move freely and businesses continue to operate normally, according to the Xuzhou government on Sunday.

A person from Caterpillar Xuzhou confirmed to the Global Times on Sunday that the company’s production was not interrupted and that transport to and from the city did not appear to be affected, noting only that drivers had to provide a result of nucleic acid test 48 hours before departure.

“We haven’t been affected by any of the latest outbreaks, and logistics remain normal,” an auto parts producer in Nantong, east China’s Jiangsu Province also told the Global Times on Sunday.

But the producer noted that logistics to Shanghai is still 20 percent more expensive than the pre-epidemic period since, according to local guidelines, truck drivers must undergo quarantine if they have been to Shanghai. “Now we still have to pay extra money to a third-party logistics company to send products to customers in Shanghai,” the producer said.

At an epidemic control press conference on Sunday, Shanghai announced a new high-risk area and two other medium-risk areas after a new asymptomatic local infection was reported and 99 close contacts were confirmed. followed.