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SIAM (Society of Indian Automotive Manufacturers) has recently issued a public notice to announce the preventive measures being taken against the Coronavirus epidemic at the Auto Expo 2020.
Rajan Wadhera, President, SIAM recently made an announcement, stating that all Chinese brands participating at this year's Auto Expo will be manned by their respective Indian employees. Mr Wadhera confirmed that officials from all Chinese brands have confirmed and agreed to the above. There will not be any representatives or delegates from China at the 2020 Auto Expo.
SIAM also announced that any person who has come to India from China will also not be allowed to be present at the stalls of the Auto Expo 2020. India recently announced the suspension of e-Visa facilities for Chinese travellers and even for those living in China.
Rajan Wadhera's statement read:
"Despite no Coronavirus threat directly at Auto Expo, the Organizers are taking measures to make people aware of symptoms and the prevention actions. Arrangements are being made to make available Hand Sanitizers."
The Coronavirus epidemic has already affected over 15,000 people, with over 300 death tolls confirmed as well. With its epicentre in Wuhan, China, the Coronavirus has now spread to over 25 countries around the world, including India.
Talking about Coronavirus and its effects in the auto industry, MG Motor India recently announced a disruption in its production and logistics. The company stated that sales in the month of February might take a hit, due to the disruption in parts and component arrivals from its Chinese/Asian and other European suppliers — here are more details.
MG Motor will also be participating at the Auto Expo 2020. The company will be showcasing its new 'Gloster' SUV. This will be a new seven-seater SUV offering, based on the international Maxus D90 model. The new MG Gloster SUV once introduced in India will rival the likes of the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour.
Thoughts On The Coronavirus Affecting The Auto Expo 2020
The Coronavirus has affected thousands of people across multiple countries in the world. SIAM has confirmed that there is no direct threat at the 2020 Auto Expo, however, precautionary measures are still being taken to avoid any and all threat from the epidemic.