On Monday, after the United States warned the citizens to reconsider visiting China, Facebook Inc. and many other companies including Standard Chartered Plc, LG Electronics Inc, and many others are restricting travel to China as the virus toll rose above 100. As the growing number of countries spread awareness and warning against visiting not just Hubei province but all of the mainland China, many airlines are cancelling and rescheduling their flight schedules.
Among all the other giants, Facebook became the first major company in the U.S. to announce suspension of all the travels to China. On Tuesday, a spokesman said that the company has asked employees to cancel all their non-essential travels to mainland China and also told employees who are already there to work from home. The spokesman stated that out of caution, they have taken many steps to protect health and safety of the employees.
LG, the South Korean home appliances maker, has also banned traveling to mainland China. The company has advised employees who are on business trips to return as quickly as possible. Another South Korean chipmaker, SK Hynix Inc., has said that they have also urged employees to avoid all non-essential travel to China. Standard Chartered, banking group, has restricted the employees travel to the mainland China as well as Hong Kong.
After the infection of an employee, Webasto, with its 11 sites in China, has halted all corporate travel. Additionally, other automakers including Japan’s Honda Motor Co Ltd, Nissan Motor Co. has also given warnings to employees.
Airlines including South Korean carrier Air Seoul, Taiwan’s China Airlines, Taiwan’s Eva Airway, Germany’s Lufthansa, and Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd have also cancelled and rescheduled the flights to mainland China.