Workers processing anchovy in a fish factory in the city of Durres on Albania's Adriatic coast, March 28, 2020. — AFP pic

Workers processing anchovy in a fish factory in the city of Durres on Albania’s Adriatic coast, March 28, 2020. — AFP pic

Businesses worldwide have gone dark under coronavirus shutdowns, but in Albania, the anchovy trade is booming as demand for the tinned delicacy surges among European households.In the port of Durres, on Albania’s Adriatic coast, around 50 women covered from head to toe in face masks, gloves and purple coats pack the salted fish for shipment to Italy and Spain, the countries hardest-hit by Covid-19.

Working swiftly and meticulously, they wash cured anchovies, dry them and remove bones from fillets that then go into tins or vacuum-packed sleeves.

The Nettuno factory has been forced to reduce staff to respect social distancing measures in Albania, which has been under lockdown for weeks in hopes stemming the number of Covid-19 deaths, which now stand at 16.

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