”The health of our employees and their protection is most important to us” - said Webasto chairman Holger Engelman

”The health of our employees and their protection is most important to us” - said Webasto chairman Holger Engelman

Webasto has stopped all travel to China for at least the next fortnight as it said two employees have contracted the coronavirus.

One staff member who fell ill with the virus in the district of Starnberg works at Webasto headquarters in Stockdorf, while the other is an employee from Webasto China, who visited Stockdorf last week and tested positive for the coronavirus after his return to China.

"The health of our employees and their protection is most important to us," said Webasto Group chairman, Holger Engelmann.

"Both colleagues are doing quite well, considering the circumstances. They are both treated in hospital and we are in contact with them."

"We are in close exchange with the relevant authorities and inform our employees regularly about the next steps. It is important to us, to inform our employees in a transparent and comprehensive way."

Webasto has decided to take the following measures:

  • All travel from and to China is stopped at least for the next two weeks
  • All employees in Stockdorf are free to work from home this week

After the illness of the Chinese Webasto colleague had been made known publicly, Webasto also immediately informed – besides the Chinese authorities – the relevant bodies in the district of Starnberg and is in close contact with them.

Bavaria's Ministry of Health confirmed the Starnberg case and said through a basic translation service the man is in isolation, with the risk of further infection for the population, low.

China is sending an additional 12 teams of more than 1,600 medical staff to Hubei province where the local medical system has been overwhelmed by the coronavirus outbreak.

China National Health Commission director, Ma Xiaowei said the military has also sent a 450-strong medical team, while more than 1,000 others are on standby.

The central government has also allocated 1 billion yuan (US$143m) to fight the outbreak and coordinated the transfer of protective clothing, face masks, gloves, and protective goggles.

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