Just over three months ago, the world’s battle against the coronavirus disease began as on December 31st, China had alerted the World Health Organization (WHO) of several flu-like cases in Wuhan, the capital of Central China’s Hubei province with a population of 11 million.
On January 7th, the virus was identified as Coronavirus 2019n-CoV (later renamed to COVID-19). It took one month for the novel virus to reach Britain, with the first two patients testing positive on January 31st.
The numbers are on the rise across the globe and the world authorities agreeably claim that the virus poses a significant global threat as the virus sweeps through all the regions.
ChangeGroup as one of the world’s leading money services company which employs over 600 people has an important role to play in these incredibly challenging times. We have taken some tough decisions placing the health and safety of staff, customers and communities at the forefront.
All our operations across 10 countries have been closed temporarily except for Sweden. Our Swedish operation is functioning on reduced opening hours strictly following the government’s instructions.
In these uncertain times, it’s important to stay on top of the latest changes. We have successfully mobilized our global head office administration and management functions to work from home. All international travel in the company has been cancelled with immediate effect. We are monitoring developments across the globe closely and virtually connecting with international management teams regularly to ensure that we are doing everything we can to protect the business and people.
ChangeGroup was founded 28 years ago, in 1991, yet what we are seeing is unprecedented in our existence. This crisis is worse than the Gulf War, 9/11, SARS, the Icelandic Ash Cloud, the Christchurch earthquake and the 2008 global financial crisis, all of which we have had to get through by working together.
On behalf of everyone at ChangeGroup, we would like to thank you for continued support. Clearly, this situation is worrying for us all, by working together and taking strong action now, we will be ready for when the world recovers. It will take some time, and what we all do now will make a real difference.
Wherever you are in the world, we strongly urge you to follow the advice of local authorities & probably the best you could do now to mitigate the risk posed by this novel virus is to stay at home!