Companies around the world are waiting for China to re-open its factories and plants on Monday.
If this does not happen, major brands from car makers to tech giants will struggle to make their products. Inventories are already running low following widespread shutdowns at Chinese factories forced to close to prevent the spread of the coroanvirus.
China, known as the factory to the world, plays a crucial role in the global supply chain and world economy. Apple is one brand that could face shortages with the two major assemblers of its iPhone – Foxconn and Pegatron – based in China.
The tech giant has closed its stores and office in China as it monitors the situation. Chinese authorities told companies to extend the Lunar New Year holidays until 10 February to contain the deadly virus from spreading further.
The concern now is of further delays as some local authorities urge factories to remain closed.