COVID-19 Weekly Update, November 30th 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.
- The World Health Organization warned that a new COVID-19 variant named Omicron posed a high global risk, prompting at least 70 countries around the world to implement new restrictions since November 26, including border closures and travel bans.
- Most countries and trading blocs such as the United States, the European Union, and the United Kingdom, have been targeting travelers from South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Malawi, Angola, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
- Additionally, Israel, Morocco, and Japan have announced an entry ban for all foreign visitors, while Morocco has halted all incoming flights for two weeks.
- While Delta Air Lines and United Airlines have yet to modify any schedules, their European counterparts, including British Airways, Air France, and Virgin Atlantic Airways, have started to cancel flights out of South Africa since November 26. Singapore Airlines has converted some passenger services to South Africa into cargo-only flights over the weekend.
- Due to new quarantine measures for airline personnel, capacity to New Zealand has taken a significant hit as Qantas Airlines downgraded its scheduled freighter aircrafts from Sydney into Auckland, causing backlogs to New Zealand amid peak season for air cargo.
- In Italy, local authorities have imposed a lockdown on 20 small towns in the province of South Tyrol, Italy, in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. From November 24 to December 7, a nightly curfew will be in place from 20:00 to 05:00 local time.
- Chinese authorities have imposed a slew of new quarantine regulations on seafarers that threatens to snarl global supply chains further. Returning seafarers must quarantine for as long as 7 weeks while vessels that have refreshed their crews at other locations must wait two weeks before being allowed into Chinese ports.
- In the Chinese city of Manzhouli, a key border point on the China-Europe railway line, authorities have banned residents from leaving town and suspended all public transport for an indefinite period. Starting from December 1, the railway port will suspend the import of non-container goods including wood, coal, chemical fertilizer, and agricultural goods.