Vietnam, Indonesia stop all China flights, Apple closes stores

Virus lockdown in Wuhan, China

Vietnam declared a public health emergency over the coronavirus epidemic on February 1 and said it would halt all flights to and from Mainland China and also stop issuing visas for foreign visitors who had been in China in the past two weeks.

All permits granted for flights between Vietnam and Mainland China have been revoked until further notice, the government said in a statement. Budget airlines Vietjet Air and Jetstar Pacific, as well as the national carrier, Vietnam Airlines, have confirmed the suspension.

Vietnam Airlines will suspend routes between Vietnam and Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, starting February 4, and will stop flying to and from Chengdu starting February 5.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian foreign ministry ordered a temporary stop of flights to and from Mainland China starting February 5 and will bar visitors who have been in China for 14 days from entering or transiting in the country.

The government In Jakarta will also stop a policy to give free visas to Chinese nationals and also stop issuing visas on arrival for those who live in Mainland China.  Indonesians have been urged not to travel to China amid the coronavirus epidemic.

Impact on Apple’s sales expected

In another development, US technology giant Apple said it is temporarily closing all of its 42 stores in China until at least February 9 because of the coronavirus outbreak .

“Out of an abundance of caution and based on the latest advice from leading health experts, we are closing all our corporate offices, stores and contact centers in mainland China through February 9,” Apple said.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple had been regularly deep cleaning stores this week and conducted temperature checks on employees to avoid spreading the virus. He added that while sales in a Wuhan store, one of the first to close, were relatively small, he expected the decline in retail traffic and other store closures to negatively impact sales. Sales in China make up about 15 per cent of Apple’s total revenue.

So far, Apple said its device manufacturing in China would be able “to weather the storms” unless the outbreak continued into late February, bringing “systemic risks” to the supply chain.



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Virus lockdown in Wuhan, China Vietnam declared a public health emergency over the coronavirus epidemic on February 1 and said it would halt all flights to and from Mainland China and also stop issuing visas for foreign visitors who had been in China in the past two weeks. All permits granted for flights between Vietnam and Mainland China have been revoked until further notice, the government said in a statement. Budget airlines Vietjet Air and Jetstar Pacific, as well as the national carrier, Vietnam Airlines, have confirmed the suspension. Vietnam Airlines will suspend routes between Vietnam and Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou...

Virus lockdown in Wuhan, China

Vietnam declared a public health emergency over the coronavirus epidemic on February 1 and said it would halt all flights to and from Mainland China and also stop issuing visas for foreign visitors who had been in China in the past two weeks.

All permits granted for flights between Vietnam and Mainland China have been revoked until further notice, the government said in a statement. Budget airlines Vietjet Air and Jetstar Pacific, as well as the national carrier, Vietnam Airlines, have confirmed the suspension.

Vietnam Airlines will suspend routes between Vietnam and Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, starting February 4, and will stop flying to and from Chengdu starting February 5.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian foreign ministry ordered a temporary stop of flights to and from Mainland China starting February 5 and will bar visitors who have been in China for 14 days from entering or transiting in the country.

The government In Jakarta will also stop a policy to give free visas to Chinese nationals and also stop issuing visas on arrival for those who live in Mainland China.  Indonesians have been urged not to travel to China amid the coronavirus epidemic.

Impact on Apple’s sales expected

In another development, US technology giant Apple said it is temporarily closing all of its 42 stores in China until at least February 9 because of the coronavirus outbreak .

“Out of an abundance of caution and based on the latest advice from leading health experts, we are closing all our corporate offices, stores and contact centers in mainland China through February 9,” Apple said.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple had been regularly deep cleaning stores this week and conducted temperature checks on employees to avoid spreading the virus. He added that while sales in a Wuhan store, one of the first to close, were relatively small, he expected the decline in retail traffic and other store closures to negatively impact sales. Sales in China make up about 15 per cent of Apple’s total revenue.

So far, Apple said its device manufacturing in China would be able “to weather the storms” unless the outbreak continued into late February, bringing “systemic risks” to the supply chain.



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