“With India in the middle of a second wave of coronavirus, second lockdown, if imposed, will be detrimental not only for the industry but for the economy as well,” Nippon Paint India President (Automotive Refinishes and Wood Coatings) Sharad Malhotra said in a statement.
The second wave of COVID-19 and a possible second lockdown is something to be concerned for, he said adding that “the manufacturing sector is still reeling under the effects of the last lockdown”.
Elaborating further, Malhotra said, “The supply chain is still not recovered completely and with the possibility of a second lockdown, we will have to wait for another 6-9 months, if not a year, for it to recover.”
To add to it, there are labour issues as well, he added.
“Labourers are skeptical, and anticipating a second lockdown they have started planning their return journeys as the memories of the last lockdown are still fresh in their minds.
“The sales for the first quarter of the year are not looking good already due to these factors,” Malhotra said.
According to Union health ministry data updated on Thursday morning, India registered a record single-day spike of 1,26,789 new COVID-19 cases, pushing its infection tally to 1,29,28,574, while the number of active cases also went upwards to breach the nine lakh-mark again.
The death toll due to the disease in the country increased to 1,66,862, with 685 new fatalities being reported in a day.
Various states such as Delhi, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh have announced several measures, including night curfew and weekend lockdowns, as the number of cases of COVID-19 increases again.