Coronavirus may cause a global condom shortage

Coronavirus may cause a global condom shortage

The spreading of coronavirus (COVID-19) have imposed nationwide lockdown, and businesses have closed their operations until further notice.

One of those businesses is Malaysia’s Karex Bhd, the world’s largest producer of condoms, People magazine reports.

The company, which makes one in every five condoms globally, was forced to shut down production in its three Malaysian factories for over a week after the country’s government ordered a lockdown to try and halt the spread of the virus.

“We are going to see a global shortage of condoms everywhere, which is going to be scary,” Chief Executive Goh Miah Kiat has said.

“My concern is that for a lot of humanitarian [programs in Africa], the shortage will not just be two weeks or a month. That shortage can run into months.”

The company was given permission to continue production on March 27 under a special exemption for “critical” industries. However, it was only allowed to reinstate 50 percent of its workforce.