COVID-19 Weekly Update, March 2nd 2021

COVID-19 Weekly Update, March 2nd 2021

Everstream Analytics monitors and produces a weekly summary of supply chain impacts due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The update is provided free-of-charge to the industry.  

  • From February 28 until March 7, authorities have imposed another lockdown on the greater Auckland area in New Zealand due to new COVID-19 cases. Only essential movements will be allowed and interregional movements will be heavily restricted. 
  • In Europe, authorities in Germany have imposed stricter rules to enter the country for people traveling from the Moselle department in France due to the risk of contagion with the South African COVID-19 variant. No systematic border checks will be implemented though. The national government plans to extend lockdown measures until at least March 28. 
  • In France, the national government is considering imposing a weekend curfew for the Ile-de-France region where its capital Paris is located. Last week, COVID-19 measures have already been tightened in the cities of Dunkirk and Nice due to rising infections with the British COVID-19 variant. 
  • Due to rising infections among workers, unions in southern Italy have asked authorities to suspend non-essential manufacturing activities in Termoli, Molise region. No timeline for a possible suspension has been announced yet; however, workers at automotive companies in the region have staged strikes over health safety concerns in recent days. 
  • In the United States, port congestion issues caused by reduced labor availability due to COVID-19 continue to impact supply chain operations at west coast ports. Waiting times for vessels calling at the Port of Oakland have now surpassed those at the Port of Los Angeles-Long Beach after ocean carriers diverted more ships to the Northern Californian port to bypass congestion in Los Angeles.  

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