China urges food producers to resume production amid virus outbreak

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Beijing – China’s Agriculture Ministry on urged feed producers and slaughter houses to speed up the of production, in a bid to increase supplies amid the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Factories typically shut down during the Lunar Year holidays, which have been extended to at least Feb. 2 to curb the spread of the epidemic has killed 170 in China and infected over 7,700 individuals.

The virus outbreak has led to a jump in and insufficient supply of food in some Chinese cities due to panic buying and disruptions to transportation.

The transportation ministry issued a statement asking local authorities not to cut highways and main roads between provinces in spite of the virus outbreak.