June 24, 2003, the WHO has removed its advice that people should
postpone all but essential travel to Beijing, China. The Chinese
capital was the last area in the world to which this advice
still applied. This happy news is a welcome reward for the efforts
of the Chinese authorities and people to control and combat
the disease. For this Consulate General this is - hopefully
- the last message about SARS it will have to send to the Swiss
community in Shanghai, Anhui, Jiangsu and Zhejiang. As you have
noticed, life is quickly going back to normal and the Shanghai-area
will rapidly again reach its usually frantic pace of business.
I would like to thank the Swiss community for the support given
to this Consulate General during this difficult period. Special
thanks go to those of you who have taken the trouble of writing
to us, offering comments and suggestions. Although nobody from
the Swiss community has been ill with the disease, many of you
have been affected in various ways by the measures taken to
combat it. To those whose business has been affected during
the last couple of months, I would like to express my sympathy
and encouragement, hoping that they will be able to recover
their losses in the near future.
To all of you, I would like to send my best regards and my best
wishes for your further stay in China.
Consul General of Switzerland
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