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Covid-19 affects sharply global postal services

The delay of flights to prevent the Corona virus respiratory infection affects sharply the of global post and delivery operation.


USPS staff handles with parcels in New York, the U.S

On 11/2, the US, China and other countries in the world believed that the delay of flights in order to prevent the spread of Corona virus (nCoV) causing to respiratory infection Covid-19 had a strong impact on the worldwide mail and parcel services.

The U.S Postal Service (USPS) has informed its partners around the world that it was struggling in providing express mail services to the Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau due to the flight cancellation of U.S. Airlines to those destinations.

USPS also announced that they would not receive transit mail, parcels at USPS to the mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau until it comes to normal post and delivery operation as before.

This interruption only affects the express mail services rather than ordinary mail and parcels in the United States.

Similarly, Singapore Post informed its global partners that they did not accept EMS mail and parcels to China until the post and delivery operated as usual before.

Other countries such as South Africa, Austria, Sweden… also sent a report to UPU (an agency of the United Nations based in Switzerland) on the impact on their postal services. UPU is an important forum to promote postal cooperation among 192 member countries.

In a statement, UPU said that the postponement of flights was affecting mail delivery operations, but UPU also expected this was only a temporary situation.

Meanwhile, China Post said it was doing disinfecting at all its post offices, sorting centers and postal vehicles to ensure that Covid-19 was not spread through post offices and to ensure the safety for postal staff.

According to China Post, mail, parcels and EMS items sent to China would be delivered by all possible indirect solutions.

This Epidemic also affected Sapporo Snow Festival 2020 in Sapporo City, in the North of Japan. The number of visitors to this festival decreased 716,000 people, down to 2.02 million people from 2.74 million people compared with that of last year.

Earlier, the festival organizers forecast this number of visitors also dropped in 2020 due to a series of hotel reservations had been cancelled after China’s ban on overseas group travel.

Meanwhile, many leading American technology corporations such as Intel, Facebook, Chinese phone manufacturers such as Vivo and Cisco announced to withdrawal from the World Mobile Conference events due to disease infection concerns.

In its statement, Intel said:  "The safety and well-being of all employees and partners is our top priority, so we withdraw from this year's the World Mobile Conference."

Facebook also revealed the reason to withdraw from this event due to the epidemic threat to the community health. Two Chinese groups Vivo and Cisco also did the same.

Normally, this annual meeting is held in Madrid, Spain and attracts more than 100,000 attendees.

However, the number of participants this year reduced due to epidemic worries.

Over the past week, a variety of famous technology firms such as Sony, Ericsson of Sweden, LG of Korea, NTT DoCoMo of Japan informed that they withdrew from the event, so this event was considered to be cancelled.