Chinese factory employees forced to return to work amid widening coronavirus outbreak, then get QUARANTINED

Saturday, February 15, 2020
By Paul Martin

by: JD Heyes
Saturday, February 15, 2020

The Chinese economy grew at double digits for nearly two decades because the country literally became the world’s factory, producing everything from toys to computer components.

But when the coronavirus outbreak began, the Communist government had to quarantine tens of millions of people in an effort to contain it.

In doing so, thousands of Chinese factories were shuttered, dramatically reducing the country’s GDP — and affecting the government’s budget in a massively negative way.

As Zero Hedge noted this week, the Chinese government is facing a conundrum: Continue to do the right thing by working to contain the spread (and lethality) of the virus, or do the ‘economic’ thing and restart factory production to ramp up GDP, the people’s health be damned.

As Rabobank’s Michael Every stated, “China appears to have perhaps decided that the economic damage being wrought by a demand collapse and supply-chain shutdown is just too much to bear.”

After days of reduced factory output, President Xi Jinping announced a few days ago that China would not only meet all of its economic objectives as well as win the battle against the coronavirus, but the Communist government has begun urging firms to bolster their output despite the fact that there are widespread quarantines still in effect.

How can Xi have it both ways? “…[I]ncrease economic activity from here and the virus will spread, both internally and globally,” Every noted further. “Concentrate on just the virus, and the local and global economic impeach will be enormous” due to under-production.

So, choosing mercantilism over common sense and prudence, the government ordered factories reopened and employees back to work, which has already lead to harsh realities and hard-luck results on the part of workers.

Journalist Jennifer Zeng reported that after a company in Suzhou reopened as ordered, officials immediately discovered at least one employee was stricken with the virus, CoVid19, as it’s official known.

As a result, the 200-plus employees at the firm were not permitted to go back home and instead were placed immediately under quarantine — at the factory.

‘Truly awful’

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