China continues it’s recovery efforts while carefully managing the risk of a “second wave”.
The press release by National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China, for Heilongjiang province, the government will continue to strengthen measures, including border controls, reducing mass gatherings, improving test capacity of COVID-19, and supporting health care system, in order to prevent further infections of COVID-19.
On 2 May, Hubei province, where the first COVID-19 cases were reported, lowered it’s emergency response.
China is now entering the recovery phase of post-COVID-19 life, while carefully managing the risk of a “second wave”.
Schools in Beijing started to reopen. Other cities and provinces have announced the dates for reopening schools too.
While new cases still reported, the government is still carefully managing the situation by announcing measures to prevent the second wave of infections. In Beijing, the local authority has announced new regulations that would come into force on 1 June to require public to practice good hygiene practice, and to require restaurants to provide serving utensils to avoid sharing contact.
While the pandemic caused by COVID-19, the key trends that are expected to changed and worth to be monitored post outbreak in China, including
  • Consumer consumption behaviour (alternative protein, healthier food, home cooking)
  • Consumer shopping behaviour (eCommerce)
  • Further development in strengthening food supply chain (automation and infrastructure establishment)
  • Stricter food safety requirements to be enforced
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    China is now entering the recovery phase of post-COVID-19 life, while carefully managing the risk of a “second wave”.
    There are still new confirmed cases reported in China. Areas that are considered of medium-risk in China, including two districts in Harbin, the city of Suifenhe in Heilongjiang, two districts in the southern city of Guangzhou and Jiaozhou city in eastern Shandong province.
    In order to contain the further spread, on 22 April, Harbin, the provincial capital of Heilongjiang, starts banning entry of non-locals vehicles. Currently, this province has the largest outbreak of COVID-19 in China, which mainly involved people who travel across the Russian border.
    Impact on Food Supply Chain
  • In addition to shopping behaviour, the COVID-19 is believed to impact the food consumption behaviour too. In China, people are becoming more careful and rethink of their diet structure, including the consumption of meat and meat products, which might boost the promotion for the plant-based protein. This month, in China, some fast food companies start to offer plant-based meat as an alternative menu option to tap into the new consumption trends.
  • Apart from plant-based protein, the demand for health foods has been increased in this period, and it is expected to continue to grow since people are placing more focus to health and disease prevention.
  • In addition to food products, a strong demand for fresh produce, including fresh kiwi has been observed amid of the COVID-19.
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