New Delhi, India, Feb. 14, 2019 (UPI) — The first garment manufacturing plant in India is in operation and the first factory to be equipped with the COVID defense against the coronavirus, according to the United Nations.
The UN agency announced Friday the certification of a factory in the southern city of Ahmedabad that is making garment for a medical device company, while a second plant is in the northern city of Lucknow that produces clothing for Indian soldiers.
The certification will enable the factory to manufacture the next generation of protective clothing and is expected to be completed in 2020, the UN said in a statement.
The Ahmedabad factory has produced about 50,000 garments since March 2016, according the UN.
COVID-18 is a rapidly spreading disease that can cause severe respiratory illness, pneumonia and brain damage in susceptible people.
The virus has been detected in more than 140 countries and is transmitted by direct contact with an infected person or through bodily fluids contaminated by a person with the virus.
In April, the world’s largest medical device maker, Infosys Ltd., announced it was launching a new manufacturing plant to help develop vaccines and other technologies to fight the virus, with more than 30,000 jobs expected to return to India as part of the plant.
India is expected by 2020 to produce at least 1.2 million garments, or approximately 70 percent of its annual demand, according an October report from the Indian Statistical Institute.
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