Textiles in shambles as coronavirus locks countries down

Covid-19 has forced lockdowns across much of Europe and South-East Asia, as well as in parts of the US, as countries scramble to contain the spread of the disease by ordering people to not leave their homes except in emergencies or to shop for necessities. People in most places — even in countries where strict lockdowns are yet not enforced — have stopped non-essential spending as the situation is still evolving. The lockdowns and falling sales have compelled a raft of global apparel brands and retailers to close their stores as part of social-distancing measures and delay or cancel imports.

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