The Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) – Business Continuity Considerations

The Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) – Business Continuity Considerations

The situation with the 2019-nCoV disease outbreak has moved on rapidly since it was first identified in Wuhan City, China. Infected people have been identified in Thailand, Japan and the Republic of Korea; and the first cases of human-to-human transmission have been confirmed.

In response to the disease spread, The World Health Organization (WHO) had released its first Situation Report for 2019-nCoV which sets out the current picture and what measures are being taken in response.

Those who were around during the first global pandemic (including “bird flu” and “swine flu”) will remember that outbreaks like 2019-nCoV can have implications for business continuity.

Organisations should review their current Business Continuity Plans to ensure they address various scenarios, such as:

* Unavailability of key personnel;
* Unavailability of IT personnel
* Disruption to supplier goods and services;
* Loss of access to premises
* Disruption to civic services (e.g. transport)

Once updated, Business Continuity Plans should be tested and all staff should be advised on what to do and what to expect during a business continuity “event”.