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Coronavirus: Deutsche Post stops sending packages to China

The world's largest courier company has said it will halt package deliveries to China for logistical reasons. The coronavirus that emerged in central China at the end of last year has now killed almost 1,400 people.

Deutsche Post announced on Friday it has stopped accepting packages to send to China, Hong Kong and Macao, citing transport challenges due to the coronavirus outbreak.

A spokesperson for the organization said transport and customs clearance problems meant that, for the time being, the company would not be distributing packages, though letters would still be sent.

Read more: Opinion: Caution justified when it comes to coronavirus

Though due to traffic restrictions, customers should expect delays in the delivery of mail to China, the company added.

Deutsche Post/DHL collection, delivery and warehouse management operations in the Hubei province is currently suspended.

For now, Taiwan, which lies 180 kilometers (110 miles) from mainland China, will continue to receive packages as normal, the company said.

Germany has Europe's highest number of people who have contracted the virus, now labeled COVID-19, with 16 cases in total.

jsi/sms (dpa, Reuters)

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