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Coronavirus Quarantine Controls and Shipping Delays Impact Bitcoin Miners

During the first week of February, a few of the top mining rig manufacturers from China revealed they were forced to postpone device shipments due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Regional reports from the country now disclose that shipments will be delayed even longer and Chinese mining rig companies and second-market suppliers are feeling significant stress from the situation.

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Coronavirus Continues to Delay Mining Rig Shipments

The coronavirus outbreak has been a trending topic worldwide, as the virus has spread since it was first identified in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, China. More recently the virus has been affecting the bitcoin industry because a large number of businesses and mining operations stem from China.

At the end of January, Microbt announced that miner shipments would be delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak. The mining rig manufacturers Canaan and Bitmain also issued similar notices. On February 1, Ebang published a post on Wechat that notified customers about a delay as well. Weeks later and after the delay dates were supposed to be lifted, reports detail that mining rig manufacturers and suppliers are still being held up by coronavirus shipping delays.

Coronavirus Quarantine Controls and Shipping Delays Impact Bitcoin Miners

Estimates say more than 65% of the global SHA256 hashrate stems from China.

On February 14, 8btc’s Vincent He interviewed a mining equipment vendor from Huaqiang North, a large distribution center for mining rigs. Miss Hu told the columnist “After waiting for a long time for bitcoin halving, my store couldn’t open.”

The vendor explained that delays were issued twice already and she doesn’t know “if there will be any changes.” Even the aftermath may affect her sales as she believes newcomers might not visit the store over the risk of infection. Additionally, 8btc discussed the subject with Bitmain’s sales director Xiaojun Fan who stressed deliveries are still delayed. Fan noted that employees are unable to get back to work because of the coronavirus quarantine controls which in turn are affecting the mining rig supply chain. Read More...