A global shortage of condoms is looming as the world’s top producer in Malaysia has stopped its production unit more than a week ago.

Karex Bhd has not produced a single condom from its three Malaysian factories for more than a week after the government imposed a lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The company which produces one in every five condoms globally was given a permission to restart production on Friday as the brief production halt resulted into a shortfall of around 100 million condoms.

The Chief Executive of Karex Bhd Goh Miah Kiat told Reuters “It will take time to jumpstart factories and we will struggle to keep up with demand at half capacity.”

Kiat further added “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 programs deep down in Africa, the shortage will not just be two weeks or a month. That shortage can run into months,” he added.

This comes as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is rapidly spreading across the globe with Malaysia recorded 2,161 cases and 26 deaths so far.

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