Covid-19 to run and run

Beijing reinstated lockdown as US officials warn the same could happen here

The pandemic is still with us, experts warn, and we need to be ready for upticks.

Masked people line up to have swabs stuck in their faces.
Enlarge / BEIJING, CHINA – JUNE 15: A Chinese epidemic control worker performs a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 on a man who had contact with the the Xinfadi Wholesale Market. Authorities are trying to contain the outbreak linked to the Xinfadi wholesale food market, Beijing’s biggest supplier of produce and meat. Several neighborhoods have been locked down, and at least two other food markets were closed, as tens of thousands of people are being urged to get tested for COVID-19 at sites set up around the city.

Authorities in Beijing have locked down parts of the city, reinstated some restrictions, and are testing tens of thousands of residents amid a burst of new SARS-CoV-2 infections.

As of Monday, authorities have reported 79 cases in four days. Almost all of the cases link to the Xinfadi food market, the city’s largest wholesale meat and vegetable market. The market has a staggeringly large number of patrons, and experts fear that there are many more cases yet to be identified, each of which could spark additional outbreaks.

Before this, Beijing had gone more than 50 days without seeing any locally acquired cases of COVID-19.

In a press conference Monday, experts at the World Health Organization said the outbreak was significant.

“Certainly, in China, when you have spent over 50 days without having any significant local transmission, a cluster like this is a concern and it needs to be investigated and controlled,” said WHO Executive Director Michael Ryan. “And that is what the Chinese authorities are doing.”

Over the weekend as the outbreak in Beijing became clear, authorities there shut down and sealed off the market, locked down some nearby neighborhoods, began extensive testing, and banned large gatherings.

With the swift action, Zeng Guang, a senior epidemiologist with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, was quoted in the Beijing Daily as saying that “Beijing will not become a second Wuhan.” He urged residents to not be nervous and “follow the government’s command, trust the disease control personnel, and trust the doctors.”

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted the outbreak in his opening remarks at today’s press conference, adding that “Even in countries that have demonstrated the ability to suppress transmission, countries must stay alert to the possibility of resurgence.”

Meanwhile, health experts in the United States are warning of the potential for a similar reinstatement of restrictions and lockdowns. Cases are increasing in 22 states, and many of the increases are not due to increased testing. Yet, many Americans appear to be shrugging social-distancing recommendations and precautions.

On Sunday, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo warned that the state could suspend reopening plans after receiving around 25,000 complaints of businesses violating social-distancing measures. Houston is also considering reimposing a lockdown after a resurgence in cases, according to CBS News.

End of May updates

Welcome to the current updates for Merlin Industrial Products with a majority of changes due to the Covid-19 virus breakout and its effect on the UK. Worldwide acrylic shortages now mean the companies looking to get back to work quickly need to look at other materials such as wood and cloth though we do have some polycarbonate screens available in 2 weeks.

Stainless Steel Safety Steps

Stainless steel safety steps offer the greatest corrosion resistance of any of our mobile safety steps and they are very popular in the food and drug manufacturing industries where there high resistance to cleaning chemicals along with the natural neutrality of odour and taste make them the only choice.

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Glass and Acrylic Office Screens

Glass and Acrylic screens allow maximum light within a space while also offering a way to define areas and routes. The Glass screens can be supplied in clear, frosted and even sign written versions with company logos and manifestations.  Our new Protect plastic screens are designed to protect staff from airborne contaminants and extremely popular during the Coronavirus.

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ESD chairs for the Electronics Industry

Static Dissipative seating are a specialised form of chair and are commonly labelled as “ESD”. Designed and manufactured mainly for the electronics industry and various laboratories working on SSD devices(Static Sensitive Devices).

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Workplace Divider Screens

Workplace divider screens are a result of the Coronavirus and a way of helping companies in the UK observe social distancing whilst still manufacturing and providing goods and services. Manufactured using a corrugated and easily cleaned plastic the divider screens are easily assembled and easily moved from place to place.

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Mobile Hygiene Stations

Designed due to the demand for workplace hygiene during the Coranavirus these mobile hygiene stations provide a solution for companies in retail and manufacturing to place a hand wash system around the workplace as needed.  The stainless steel wash basin has a built in foot pump and water tank so is totally independent.

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Industrial Heating Blankets

Industrial Heating blankets are used in many industries, industrial heating blankets are perfect for ground thawing, curing of materials like composite, repairing of wind rotor blades, altering the viscosity of liquids and for production in both the marine and the aerospace industry and for areas exposed to the elements that may not function below a certain temperature. Digital and Analogue controllers allow the temperature to be set and left to operate independently. Now available at our online shop. Discounted Prices at the bottom of this page! heating blankets for industrial use

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Battery Recycling Containers

As the chemicals in batteries are so corrosive European legislation has issued directives for the safe disposal and recycling. The containers below have been designed and manufactured to help you separate the batteries from the normal waste so that they can be disposed of safely.

Battery Recycling Products

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Smarty Desktop Screens

Smarty Desktop Screens

Special Prices for Smarty Desktop Screens

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Fabric Screens

Shaped, Rectangular or Radius all one Special Price!

300mm High x 800mm Long £ 37.48 + VAT

300mm High x 1600mm Long £ 43.12 + VAT

Includes Carriage to England

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Smarty Fabric Desktop Screens

Acrylic Screens

Shaped, Rectangular or Radius all one Special Price!

300mm High x 800mm Long £ 84.50 + VAT

300mm High x 1600mm Long £ 119.41 + VAT

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All these screens come in a wide range of sizes and colours and also come with clamps for fixing the desktop screens to the desk.

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