Coronavirus Update


Dear Valued Clients,

Almost 3000 new coronavirus infection cases were recorded Sunday 2nd February 2020, adding up to nearly 17500 confirmed infections.

Until Monday 3rd February the new coronavirus death toll in China rose to at least 360…

The new Coronavirus epicentre Wuhan closed the city on 23rd January 2020, this week 3rd to 7th February 2020 is very critical as some well-known epidemiologist believed that symptoms of this coronavirus may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of other similar viruses.

A company in Hangzhou who couldn’t wait that long summoned 30 staff to office for an urgent meeting, unfortunately among them 11 were found infected with the new coronavirus. This incident has aroused great concern from the government as well as the general public, as a result, stricter compliance to official return to work date was required in order to contain the virus infection. Safety Production Supervision team paid more frequent visits to different industries in an effort to check compliance.

More and more countries, including the US, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia etc. have banned the entry of non-citizens who have travelled to China in the last 14 days. More that 20 airlines have suspended flights to and from mainland China as coronavirus infections continue to spread globally.

We haven’t received new announcements from China government for even longer extension to official “return to work” date. All AEL Berkman China offices will formally resume work from 10th February 2020.

Hong Kong government announced that all employees of HKSAR Government are not required to return to offices before 9th February 2020 private sectors were encouraged to follow, half of the banks closed today.

All border crossings with mainland China except for the Shenzhen Bay joint checkpoint and the Hong Kong Zhuhai Macau bridge will be closed on 4th February 2020. During this week, AEL-Berkman Hong Kong office will make flexible work arrangements in accordance with the operational needs.

The Chinese and Australian management team are closely monitoring the situation as part of our commitment to ensure the safety of our staff while working towards mitigating any possible impact to our agent partners and customer operations.

We are continuing to monitor all sources to provide you with the most up to date and accurate information on what appears to an ever-worsening situation.

Please refer to your assigned Customer Services Representative, should you require further assistance.


Keeping You Informed!

BR International

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