Condom Shortage Looms After Coronavirus Lockdown Shuts World’s Top Producer
A global shortage of condoms is looming, the world’s biggest producer, Karex Bhd said, after a coronavirus lockdown forced it to shut down production.
The Malaysia based company said it has not produced a single condom from its three Malaysian factories for more than a week.
This is due to a lockdown imposed by the government to halt the spread of the Covid-19 virus, Bloomberg has reported.
Karex Bhd makes one in every five condoms globally. It produces for brands like Durex as well as its own line of specialty condoms such as Durian-flavored ones.
The other major condom-producing countries are China, where the coronavirus originated and led to widespread factory shutdowns, and India and Thailand, which are seeing infections spiking now.
Sadly, Malaysia is one of the hardest-hit countries in southeast Asia. As of Monday morning, more than 2,400 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, with 35 deaths.
The lockdown in the country is due to remain in place at least until April 14.