“The Group is following very closely the situation to anticipate necessary measures for the protection of staff and operational continuity of the site" - Valeo

“The Group is following very closely the situation to anticipate necessary measures for the protection of staff and operational continuity of the site" - Valeo

Valeo says it has not suffered any operational impact from the outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan, although it continues to follow the situation closely while shut for Chinese New Year.

The French supplier has three sites in the Wuhan area, two involved in the production of lighting and thermal systems as well as one R&D centre.

"For the moment there is no operational impact for Valeo linked to the quarantine in Wuhan," a Valeo spokeswoman told just-auto from Paris. "There are three Valeo sites there and they are all closed until the end of January – it is a programmed closure for Chinese New Year.

"The Group is following very closely the situation to anticipate necessary measures for the protection of staff and operational continuity of the site."

Valeo has 1,900 staff at its China sites, but says only a handful are French citizens.

As the coronavirus spreads, France is organising a flight for its nationals in mid-week directly out of Wuhan to Paris with passengers being isolated for two weeks on arrival to monitor any signs of the coronavirus being present.

So far, three cases of coronavirus have been recorded in France, two in Paris and one in Bordeaux.

In Beijing, the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, has held a meeting chaired by general secretary, Xi Jinping.

The meeting made further study of, and new arrangements on, issues related to the treatment of patients. Groups will be sent to Hubei province to work on the ground.

"Life is of paramount importance," said Xi. "When an epidemic breaks out, a command is issued. It is our responsibility to prevent and control it."

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