January 31, 2020 / 4:55 AM / 2 months ago

UPDATE 1-Chevron asks staff to postpone all non-essential travel to China

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Jan 30 (Reuters) - U.S. oil major Chevron Corp said on Thursday it has asked its employees to postpone all "non-essential" business travel to China in the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak.

"Currently, no Chevron personnel or assets are affected," the company said in an email to Reuters. "As a precautionary measure, we have advised employees to postpone all non-essential travel to China."

Chevron employees are also required to receive approval from the company's senior management for all travel to China that is "deemed business critical", according to a memo seen by Reuters on Thursday.

Several companies have taken similar measures as precautionary steps in response to the coronavirus outbreak in China that has so far killed more than 200 and infected more than 9,800 in the country. The World Health Organization declared a global health emergency. (Reporting by Shariq Khan and Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu and Shounak Dasgupta)

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