Novel coronavirus pneumonia outbreak information page

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This page details information sourced from UK & China government, news outlets, schools and businesses. It includes the latest updates about the novel coronavirus outbreak, useful information for UK nationals in China, as well as advice how to manage your business during this time and relevant analysis on the short and long-term effects of the outbreak on business in China.

Chamber coronavirus news

The British Chamber of Commerce official statement can be found here.

Recent publications:

  • Impact of novel coronavirus pneumonia [Download Report here]
  • Policy Insights: Novel coronavirus hit industries hard, but economy will recover [link]

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Daily update

12th February, 2020 (Source: Caixin Global)

  • The World Health Organization Tuesday officially gave the new disease the name COVID-19. The name consists of CO for coronavirus, VI for virus and D for disease; 19 stands for the year 2019, the United Nations health organization said
  • Several institutions in China started animal tests (link in Chinese) of vaccines for the novel coronavirus. Caixin learned that the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Shanghai Tongji University and Siwei (Shanghai) Biotechnology Co. initiated animal tests Sunday of a jointly development vaccine. But animal testing is only an early step in the long journey of vaccine development, experts said.

UK government information, updates and alerts

China government information, updates and alerts

Schools opening times

Useful links and additional information

British Chamber members' efforts to support coronavirus

  • Rio Tinto donated A$1m ($0.6m) to the Chinese Red Cross Foundation [link]
  • Diageo: RMB 10m to Wuhan Charity Federation [link]
  • GSK: Collaboration with CEPI on vaccine development [link]
  • AstraZeneca donated medicine of over RMB 5.5million to Wuhan [link]
  • UK Govt: £20m to support vaccine development [link]
  • Oxford Immunotec announces donation in support of coronavirus testing efforts to help differentiate tuberculosis from the new China virus [link]

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