La Poste has advised that COVID-19 infections have significantly increased throughout France, as a result, the Government has announced a new lockdown until at least 1 December 2020. Consequently, La Poste will not be able to guarantee delivery standards during this period, with delays in processing and delivery of all mail types likely throughout the country.
Czech Post has advised the Czech Republic has been hit with the second wave of Coronavirus. The Czech Republic Government declared a 30-day state of emergency for the entire country on 5 October 2020. This has been extended to 20 November. Due to the restrictions, quality of service cannot be guaranteed for all mail types until the end of the pandemic.
Malaysian Post has advised the Government has imposed further restrictions in Selangor and Putrajaya provinces starting on 20 October 2020, due to COVID-19. The measures lead to a reduced workforce and processing capacity at the Office of Exchange and Hub at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, resulting in significant processing delays for all inbound mail types.
Domestic services and deliveries are still in operation, however force majeure remains in place with delays to be expected while the restrictions are in place.
The Government of New Zealand has moved the Auckland region down to Alert Level 1 of the national pandemic plan, meaning that all restrictions have been lifted. However, the alternate route available to New Zealand is still in place – see below – and there may be delays to mail deliveries.
Hong Kong Post has informed us that following Cyclone Nangka which hit on 13 October 2020, mail services have been affected. Mail services will be resumed gradually and can expect at least a day to clear the accumulated backlog once the typhoon passes.