Construction activities stalls in China in February
China’s construction activities were stalled in February as the government extended Lunar New Year holidays and advised people to stay indoors as a precaution against a coronavirus outbreak.
The flu-like epidemic, which originated in the central city of Wuhan, has killed 3,158 and infected more than 80,000 in mainland China.
Data from Japan’s Komatsu, one of the world’s biggest makers of earth-moving equipment, showed use of its machinery in China fell nearly 30% to 32 hours last month, from a year ago.
That compares to 59.1 hours in January and 44.9 hours in February last year.
Millions of construction workers in China returned to their hometowns for traditional week-long Lunar New Year celebrations, which kicked off in late January.
But the government extended the holiday for an extra two weeks in a bid to contain the spread of the virus.