August 14: The production capacity of the industries has decreased by 40 percent in Sunsari-Morang Industrial Corridor after workers employed in the industries tested positive for Covid-19.
The industrialists informed that production in their industries has been affected due to shortage of workers due to the panic of Covid-19 infection.
The industries in the corridor have been forced to reduce their production capacity to 60 percent due to the surge in cases of the contagious coronavirus.
Aarti Strip, a multinational company, has already stopped its production for some days after more than 20 of its workers were infected with Covid-19 on August 9. The multinational company employs about 500 workers and initially had two infected cases.
After the second round of tests of the factory workers confirmed 20 workers were infected, Budhiganga Rural Municipality had issued an order to seal the industry.
Aarti Strip has been producing galvanized sheets and iron rods and exporting them to India and other countries. It is the prime exporter of such sheets and iron rods in Nepal.
Chief of the administrative department of the industry, Diwas Nepal, informed that the production of the industry has been stalled after the surge in cases of coronavirus among the factory worker. "Now the industry is closed, we are in isolation within the industry," Nepal added.