COVID-19 Weekly Update, October 12th 2021

COVID-19 Weekly Update, October 12th 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.  

  • A COVID-19 outbreak among the staff at the Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (HACTL) of Hong Kong International Airport will lead to a workforce capacity loss of around 25 percent until the end of October due to quarantine rules. Both import and export cargo are likely to be significantly delayed and congestion issues are likely to occur.
  • Waiting times at the Port of Melbourne have recently increased to 5-6 days on average due to reduced capacity following the detection of several cases of COVID-19 among the port’s workforce. 
  •  Dockworkers at the Port of Genoa, Italy have embarked on a series of strike actions since October 11  over the obligation of the COVID-19 vaccination passes on workplaces. Other Italian ports have seen similar strike actions in the past few days.
  • The city of Sydney has officially exited a nearly four-month long COVID-19 lockdown on October 11 after reaching its target of fully vaccinating 70 percent of the population. Limits on travel and mass gatherings have been eased for those who have been fully vaccinated, but measures will remain in place for the unvaccinated until December 1.
  • New Zealand’s authorities extended the alert level 3 in Auckland for at least one more week, restricting travel and requiring people to stay at home. 
  • Malaysia will allow interstate and international travel to resume from October 11 after more than 90 percent of adults have been vaccinated. Those who have been fully vaccinated will be allowed to travel across and out of the country without applying for permission first. Roadblocks to enforce the travel ban will also be removed.
  • 90,000 migrant workers left Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam after the largest city in the country eased a months-long COVID-19 lockdown, causing fears of labor shortages and more disruption to manufacturing.

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