Here is a rundown of what big companies are saying so far about the impact.
The automaker evacuated from Wuhan with about 30 Japanese staff, family members and employees visiting on business trips, Teruhiko Tatebe, a Tokyo-based spokesman, said on phone. The carmaker has informed the Japanese government that it wishes to utilise the charter jet planned to evacuate Japanese citizens. A handful of staff needed to maintain local operations will remain in the city.
: The French maker of Peugeot cars and other brands said it will evacuate its expatriate staff and their families from the Wuhan. Thirty-eight people will leave, the firm said.
The fast-food giant, which had about 3,000 stores in China at the end of 2018, temporarily closed locations across five cities of the Hubei province due to the virus, including Wuhan. The Chicago-based company is taking extra preventative measures in the rest of the country, including taking the temperature of workers upon arrival and giving out hand sanitisers to diners.
The world’s largest theme park operator said it would close its Disneyland resort in Shanghai effective January 25. It is offering refunds to guests who bought theme park tickets or reserved rooms in its hotels.
The Seattle-based chain, with about 4,100 cafes in China, also said it’s closing some locations, without
providing more details.
Delta Air Lines:
TheAtlanta-based carrier issued a travel waiver that allows passengers traveling to, from or through Beijing and Shanghai between January 24 and January 31 to change their itinerary once without having to pay a fee.
American Airlines Group:
President Robert Isom said it was too soon to see an impact. “Our network isn’t that extensive in Asia. But we’re on top of it,” he said. “We’ve seen viruses in the past that we’ve had to make accommodations for and to be prepared for, we’re doing all those same things.”
United Airlines Holdings:
It was among the first global corporations to comment on the coronavirus
on an earnings conference call.