Could coronavirus cause shortage of wedding dresses? Far-East supplies threatened by disease 

Coronavirus is causing a shortage of wedding dresses just before the peak season, a Labour MP warned.

Chris Bryant said many dresses sold in Britain come from China and bridal stores ‘have found it really difficult because the factories have been closed’. 

He called on the Government to make sure there is financial support offered to struggling retailers, warning: ‘There is a real danger to many of these businesses that they are going to suffer enormous financial loss.’

Far-East fashion suppliers are among the imports that are being threatened by the disease. 

It comes as electronics manufacturer MTA was forced to close its main Italian plant due to coronavirus quarantine issues with one chairperson saying it would be a ‘disaster for the supply chain’.

Production lines at Fiat Chrysler have also been bought to a standstill, with Renault, Peugeot, BMW also been forced to close.

Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW rely heavily on parts made in China and said the full impact of the virus on their supply chains is not yet fully known.

Many dresses sold in Britain come from China and bridal stores ‘have found it really difficult because the factories have been closed’ (stock image of woman in a dress shop)

Overview of a production line at German car maker Volkswagen's headquarters in Wolfsburg, northern Germany

Overview of a production line at German car maker Volkswagen’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, northern Germany

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Mr Bryant had raised the ‘much broader point’ that so many things are made in China, adding: ‘This is true of drugs and pharmaceuticals and right across the board, especially clothing.’

Mr Hancock said he was working with the Treasury on a ‘response to supply chain problems’.

The whole industry is ‘suffering’, according to one retailer, as the production of wholesale bridal gowns relies heavily on Chinese suppliers.

An extended Lunar New Year break in a bid to curb the virus spreading saw factories closed for a prolonged period.

Chris Bryant said many dresses sold in Britain come from China and bridal stores 'have found it really difficult because the factories have been closed'

Chris Bryant said many dresses sold in Britain come from China and bridal stores ‘have found it really difficult because the factories have been closed’

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Mr Bryant had raised the 'much broader point' that so many things are made in China

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Mr Bryant had raised the ‘much broader point’ that so many things are made in China

Although many employees returned to work earlier this month, shutdowns at lace mills and other fabric suppliers could also prompt a setback in production at factories in China.

Number of new coronavirus cases reported outside of China EXCEEDS those in the country for the first time, the WHO says 

More coronavirus cases are now being reported each day outside China than inside the hardest-hit nation, the World Health Organization has said.



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