For all the love birds, couples and married pairs, now this quarantine is going to be less interesting and leisure. Malaysia’s Karex Bhd makes one in every five condoms globally. It has not produced a single condom from its three Malaysian factories for more than a week due to a lockdown imposed by the government to halt the spread of the virus.
Shutting three factories production in Malasia means shortfall of 100 million condoms, Karex Bhd condoms, normally marketed internationally by brands such as Durex, supplied to state healthcare systems such as Britain’s NHS or distributed by aid programmes such as the UN Population Fund.
“It will take time to jumpstart factories and we will struggle to keep up with demand at half capacity, we are going to see a global shortage of condoms everywhere, which is going to be scary, my concern is that for a lot of humanitarian programmes … in Africa, the shortage will not just be two weeks or a month. That shortage can run into months,” said the chief executive, Goh Miah Kiat.