COVID-19 Weekly Update, September 28th 2021Everstream Team
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.
- Authorities in Greece have imposed a five-hour overnight curfew between 01:00 and 06:00 local time in the regions of Kastoria, Xanthi and Drama, effective from September 24 until October 1. The regions of Pieria, Imathia, Pella, Kavala and Argolida will remain under similar restriction until further notice. Restrictions in Evritania have been lifted.
- After finding new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in Harbin for the first time since February, Chinese authorities on September 21 have enacted a semi-lockdown in Harbin affecting approximately 10 million people. All forums, exhibitions, performances, competitions and other large-scale activities have been suspended until further notice, and residents were told avoid travel unless for urgent reasons.
- The COVID-19 related state-of-emergency in Japan, currently in effect in Tokyo and 18 other prefectures, is set to expire on September 30. Also quasi-state of emergency measures are set to be lifted in eight remaining regions, making it the first time since April 2021 that no such emergency measures would be in effect nationwide.
- Norwegian authorities on September 25 have lifted most COVID-19 related measures in the country, including capacity limits on businesses and hotel quarantine measures at the country’s entry points. Previously shut border crossing points will be reopened once testing facilities are set up by the affected border municipalities.
- From September 19 until September 30, Metro Manila has been on a pilot run of a new granular lockdown system that allows for small, localized lockdowns. Authorities in the Philippines are expected to announce in due course whether this granular lockdown system will be introduced nationwide, replacing wider lockdowns that cover cities or provinces. As of September 28, a total of 281 areas in Metro Manila remain under granular lockdown.
- The lockdown in Sri Lanka, where only essential and emergency services have been allowed to remain open since the beginning of the lockdown in August, is set to end at 04:00 local time on October 1. The Ministry of Labor is expected to issue a new set of COVID-19 related recommendations for the private sector in due course.
- Authorities in New Zealand have lifted the strict lockdown restrictions in Auckland with effect from September 22, lowering the alert level from 4 to level 3. The decision will be reviewed on October 4. All other parts of New Zealand remain on alert level 2.