Coronavirus hitting China’s manufacturing sector worse than Sars as Covid-19 slows production

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For Huang Meiyun, deputy manager of a hat manufacturer and retailer from Jiangsu, the coronavirus outbreak could not have come at a worse time.“Originally we had plans to deliver our products [after the Lunar New Year holiday],” said Huang, who works at Foremost in Nantong, a city 150km north of Shanghai in the eastern Jiangsu province.“Because of the outbreak, we just couldn’t do it. Customers have been chasing us. It’s not just about orders being cancelled now, we have had to adjust as well …

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