The Chinese government has instructed China post to sanitize every mail delivered to, or in transit via, Wuhan, the vicinity of the coronavirus epidemic.
To deliver packages to Hubei Province (including postal codes; 430000-449999), China post will speak with the receivers via phone prior delivery and ask about delivery preferences, letting customers choose from a host of options with no face-to-face dealings, including interim storage at the postal points or delivery to a smart locker.
China Post further added that international mail processing and delivery would meet delays, and to provide a written proof of delivery would not be a guarantee.
The Wuhan Tianhe International Airport will be shut for the major flights.
Other delivery players such as DHL Express also have suspended their operations to and from Wuhan indefinitely. The company’s service points in Wuhan Province remain shut. Further, DHL is either returning the parcels in transit, or have them held in Wuhan and Hong Kong airport.
The director of the US’ Center for Disease Control’s Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Dr Nancy Messonnier stated that the coronavirus can be spread between people, but chances of the virus transmitting via imported deliveries is highly low, even if the courier or parcel had been processed in China by someone tainted with the virus.
Source: CNN International