DP World bars staff from travelling to China

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DP World has suspended all staff travel to China until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak in the communist country.

Companies including Facebook, LG Electronics and Standard Chartered are among those restricting travel for employees to China, where the death toll from a flu-like virus rose above 100 on Tuesday.

“All travel to China is suspended until further notice, unless for emergency purposes. We continue to monitor WHO and Government advice,” a DP World spokesman said on Tuesday.

DP World’s website shows it operates at three ports in mainland China and at another port in Hong Kong.

The company, however, said that Chinese nationals would be permitted to travel to China if they needed to go home.

In the same vein, Dubai’s Emirates airline has advised its flight crew to stay in their hotels when on a layover in China due to the coronavirus.

The United States has warned against travel to China, where the coronavirus outbreak has left millions of Chinese stranded during the country’s biggest holiday of the year.