En artikel i tidningen The American Spectator beskriver hur coronaviruset spreds till Italien av kinesiska textilarbetare. I modevärlden signalerar märkningen ”Made in Italy” lyx och status och produkterna kan säljas till högre pris.
Tiotusentals kineser arbetar på textilfabriker i Italien. År 2010 ska det ha funnits omkring 60,000 kinesiska textilarbetare i Prato, en industriell förort till Florens.
”In the world of fashion, the “Made in Italy” tag has a distinct value associated with luxury and status. Merchants can charge higher prices for clothing, shoes, handbags, and other fashion goods manufactured in Italy, and that value was coveted by certain Chinese entrepreneurs. During the past three decades, more and more Chinese investors bought into textile and leather-good factories in northern Italy, and they brought over Chinese laborers to work in those factories. By 2010, there were reportedly 60,000 Chinese in Prato, an industrial suburb of Florence. To accommodate Italy’s new foreign labor force, nonstop flights were established between China and Rome.”
Flera amerikanska medier har undvikit frågan om varför just Italien har drabbats så hårt av sjukdomen:
”After the coronavirus scare sent Italy into a nationwide lockdown earlier this month, several U.S. news organizations (including NPR, Time magazine, and ABC News) decided to address the question, “Why Italy?” Most of their answers had to do with demographics and aging, with Italy having a much larger proportion of senior citizens than other countries. None of them, however, made mention of the tens of thousands of Chinese laborers working in clothing plants in northern Italy, where their COVID-19 outbreak was first detected in February.”
Läs mer i The American Spectator: ”Coronavirus – The Price of Luxury. Fashion’s ‘Made in Italy’ tag is connected to a Chinese disease” (20/3 2020)