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The impact of Covid-19 on global shipping, system shock

The rapid spread of coronavirus has had a major impact on global shipping markets, with the slump in demand for goods from China having a ripple effect on everything from container ships to oil tankers. In part 1 of our coronavirus special, we look at how it has unfolded so far.

The situation largely deteriorated as January passed by and the CNY holidays were extended. After a passenger tested positive for Covid-19 onboard a Princess Cruises ship off the coast of Japan, ports started limiting – and eventually banning – cruise traffic at their terminals. Asian ports in countries including South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore also started introducing screening procedures at their hubs, putting Chinese crews under quarantine and working to limit the spread of the virus.

Read more at Ship Technology

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Drugs and coronavirus tests are also being coveted around the globe

Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency has launched several clandestine international operations to fly in hundreds of thousands of coronavirus testing kits.

US buyers waving wads of cash managed to wrest control of a consignment of masks as it was about to be dispatched from China to one of the worst-hit coronavirus areas of France, according to two French officials.

The masks were on a plane at Shanghai airport that was ready to take off when the US buyers turned up and offered three times what their French counterparts were paying.

Read full article at The Guardian

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Sweden changing rules

The Swedish Government is now changing the rules for the type of protective equipment that may be used, for example, in health care. So far, the Swedish Work Environment Authority has only approved equipment with a so-called CE marking, from today it should be possible to approve also other equipment that provides sufficient protection.

There are plenty of initiatives around the country to help healthcare develop protective equipment. So far, however, the Swedish Work Environment Authority has not been able to approve equipment that does not have a so-called CE marking.

Fast Track
The government now wants to change that. Therefore, the Swedish Work Environment Authority has now been commissioned to develop methods for quickly approving protective equipment without CE marking. The new rules apply from today Tuesday until the general spread of the coronavirus has ceased.

We are now introducing a fast track for quality assurance of personal protective equipment. It is about the Swedish Work Environment Authority being tasked with ensuring a procedure so that even non-CE marked personal protective equipment can be used by socially important occupational groups, says Labor Minister Eva Nordmark

Swedish Television