COVID-19 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]
  • Impact of Covid-19: A second survey assessing the evolving impact of Covid-19 on British Business across China [Download Report here]
  • Policy Insights: Novel coronavirus hit industries hard, but economy will recover [link]

BritCham will be hosting webinars and posting analysis during this time on the economic impact of coronavirus and what it means for British business in China. Please subscribe to our newsletter for all of the latest information.

Daily update

22nd March, 2020 (Source: Caixin Global)

  • China’s imported cases soar
  • On Saturday, China reported 82 new confirmed cases, bringing its total to 81,498, according to the latest data (link in Chinese) from the country’s top health body.
  • The new infections included 46 on the Chinese mainland, 18 in Taiwan, 17 in Hong Kong and one in Macao.
  • The 46 new mainland infections included 45 imported cases and only one local case which was related to exposure to the imported cases. Central China’s Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, reported zero new cases, marking the fourth day in a row that has happened.
  • On Saturday, China reported an additional six deaths, five of which were in Hubei province. The country’s death toll stands at 3,267 as of Saturday.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance for UK businesses trading internationally [link]

Latest Policies From Beijing

Beijing government have released a new measure which states that those returning to Beijing will need to quarantine in designated centres as opposed to their own homes. This came into effect on 00:00 (CST) on 16th March, 2020.

Travellers that are exempted from the 14-day quarantine rule.

Tips on how to best protect the workforce when returning to the office.

Directive on who is required to self-quarantine before resuming work.

Summary of the legal responsibilities of all those involved in the city’s COVID-19 control efforts, including enterprises.

Details of some of the measures MOFCOM has in place to support foreign invested enterprises in China.

Beijing has extended the collection period for social insurance premiums to the end of July for companies in tourism, catering and other hard-hit industries, among other policies.

The local government’s initial outreach to the foreign community in Beijing.

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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