Burberry shifts toward gowns as coronavirus outbreak increases demand

The COVID-19 outbreak has forced most other production to stop

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High-end British fashion brand Burberry has turned over its production to make protective gowns for health care workers tackling the coronavirus outbreak, health minister Matt Hancock said on Friday.

Burberry has said its sales in the final weeks of March would plunge by up to 80% as the impact of coronavirus already seen in China spread to Europe and the United States, causing stores to close and luxury shopping to dry up.

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Asked during a news conference about supplies of personal protective equipment, something many healthcare workers have complained there is not enough of, Hancock said Burberry had turned over its production to make gowns.

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“Burberry deserve credit for what they have done so far for the nation and hopefully lots more Burberry gowns to come,” he said.

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