Published 2 February 2020
Last updated 9 February 2020
We are sure you are all aware of the situation in China with Coronavirus.
We feel we should update you with how we think it could affect our trade this year. As it stands currently, Chinese New Year break has been extended for an additional 7 days. Our team in China are not allowed to leave their homes aside from visiting a supermarket and with this visit they are instructed to wear protective masks. Due to this, we will not have any shipments out of China for the immediate future and this could extend if the virus is not contained. Already many large companies have warned shareholders that productivity and first quarter results could be dramatically affected by the situation.
Although we are accepting orders based on your current delivery requirements, we cannot guarantee that all goods produced in China can be delivered on time. This matter is being closely monitored and all updates will be posted on this page as they develop.
Tallon have good stocks of everyday product and are confident we will have good supply in many of these product groups. Also, we have numerous suppliers & factories outside of China such as Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Thailand and more. Please contact us with your order enquiries and we will be more than happy to assist.
Eight patients in England have tested positive for coronavirus. Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Chris Whitty, has shared a statement. If more cases are confirmed in the UK, it will be announced as soon as possible by the Chief Medical Officer of the affected country.
Based on the World Health Organization’s declaration that this is a public health emergency of international concern, the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. This permits the government to plan for all eventualities. The risk to individuals remains low.
Based on the scientific advice of SAGE the UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.
These areas have been identified because of the volume of air travel from affected areas, understanding of other travel routes and number of reported cases. This list will be kept under review. Our advice for travellers from Wuhan and Hubei Province remains unchanged from the below.
The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, has announced strengthened legal powers to bolster public health protections against coronavirus. The regulations have been put in place to reduce the risk of further human-to-human transmission in this country by keeping individuals in isolation where public health professionals believe there is a reasonable risk an individual may have the virus.
As of 10 February, a total of 1,114 people have been tested, of which 1,106 were confirmed negative and 8 positive.