The British Chamber of Commerce in China is closely following the response to the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) across China. Reducing the spread of the disease is critical. We applaud the decisive measures that the Chinese government has put in place. Our thoughts are with the people directly affected and we remain focused on the health and safety of our members and the Chamber team.
On 4th February the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advised against all travel to Hubei province and against all but essential travel to the rest of the Chinese mainland. They also advised that British citizens in China and able to leave should do so.
Based on the data available from the Chinese authorities and from the World Health Organization it is apparent that the number of cases differs regionally within China. It is important that Chamber members pay close attention to local restrictions and travel advise while also following all preventative measures specific to where they and their teams are based (some of the critical preventative measures are included below).
The British Chamber understands that a decision to leave or stay is a personal choice to which everyone must decide based on their own personal circumstance, geographic location and the information currently at hand.
Daily situation updates are available from the World Health Organization (here) and daily briefings by the National Health Commission of the PRC (here), and the latest official travel advisory from the FCO is available here together with an extremely helpful Q&A on the coronavirus prepared by the FCO (here).
As the voice of British business in China, the British chambers of commerce in China are collecting the views of British businesses on the recent coronavirus outbreak. The information gained from this survey will allow us to better support your organisation’s needs in China and help to influence the UK government’s response.
All responses to the survey will be confidentially aggregated; nothing written will be attributed to a single organisation or individual.
The survey takes only 5 minutes to complete and will allow us to better support your company’s needs at this difficult time. Please click here to fill out the survey!