Latest COVID-19 Situation in China as of February 22, 2021
Century understands your concerns over vendor production schedules and any potential supply chain impacts, and to help you better plan ahead for the upcoming peak season, our teams in China have gathered the latest COVID-19 information, with a summary as follows.
Recent Coronavirus Outbreak in China
As of 24:00 of February 21st, 401 confirmed cases have been reported across all provinces. (The updated confirmed cases = total number of cases – total number of recovered cases – total number of deaths.)
HIGH & MEDIUM RISK AREAS
Chinese authorities may impose partial lockdowns in areas classified as “high-risk” or “medium-risk”. These risk areas are mostly villages and residential complexes with multiple COVID-19 community clusters. Residents are prohibited from leaving their neighborhoods unless they have an essential reason.
As of February 21st, 2021, there are no high-risks or medium-risks areas classified.
Lockdown measures are imposed on specific community compounds or districts instead of the whole city at the moment. To enter or leave the city, all residents and vehicles in lockdown areas must obtain government passes and present a negative testing report within 72 hours validity. Operations at local airports and train stations have been suspended. Trucking operations are also restricted in lockdown areas. Transportation of non-essential goods in these areas is currently impossible even if the factory can operate.
As of February 21st, 2021, lockdown in previously identified areas has been lifted and there are no areas under lockdown at the moment.
Impact of Trucking Arrangement
Trucking operations are still experiencing a reduction in trucking capacity post-Chinese New Year. Currently, trucking capacity in Shenzhen and Xiamen has recovered 60%, Shanghai at 50%, and Ningbo at 40%. Full trucking capacity is expected to resume in early March. At the moment, no cities in China have been classified as high or medium risk areas and trucking operations have resumed even in areas that were previously suspended including Hebei, Heilongjiang, and Jilin Provinces. Some factories in China will request drivers to submit a NAT report along with a green health code to enter factories following local government policy. We are working closely with vendors and factories to ensure they are aware of the restrictions and comply with the government regulations.
Please refer to the following visualization and summary of Century’s assessment of the trucking situation throughout China.
- Quarantine policies will be subject to provincial or municipal government policies.
- The following quarantine requirements will apply to travelers arriving from different areas
- High-risk area: 14 days quarantine is required, and COVID-19 testing must be performed twice.
- Medium-risk areas: Some cities such as Shanghai and Beijing require 14 days of community healthy management (home quarantine), whereas some cities like Changsha will only require the negative testing report with 7 days validity.
- Low-risk areas: No restrictions if people have a green health barcode.
Government Policies for Chinese New Year
- The Chinese government has advised local government offices, government-affiliated institutions, and state-owned enterprises to ask employees to avoid traveling out of their city of work during the new year unless they have essential reasons. It is strictly forbidden to go to medium and high-risk areas and any travels outside of the workplace must be approved in advance.
- On January 20th, the National Health Commission of China has issued a new announcement to impose COVID-19 testing requirements during the Chinese New Year holiday. People returning to rural areas from other provinces between January 28th to March 9th will need to have a negative COVID-19 test taken within seven days as a supporting document.
Office Operating Status
- Century offices in China have taken a cautious approach to return to offices post-Chinese New Year. As a result, offices in China are reopened with operations staff going to the office on a rotating schedule and the remainder working remotely from home for 2 weeks leveraging our BCP to prioritize the safety of staff while ensuring smooth operations. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and employ the most proactive approach to ensure there are no interruptions to operations or service excellence throughout our origin offices. Century Hong Kong office is open with 75% of the operations team working at the office while other teams are working from home on a rotational basis.
Unless there are significant changes to the situation that may impact the supply chain, we will not be sending further notifications about the latest coronavirus situation in China. If you have any questions or require additional information, please feel free to contact your Account Manager or local Century office.
We will continue to closely monitor the situation on the worldwide COVID-19 impacts and update every other Tuesday on this webpage, or more frequently as the situation evolves.