Hong Kong’s flagship carrier Cathay Pacific is asking its 27,000 employees to take up to three weeks of unpaid leave, CEO Augustus Tang said Wednesday, as the airline faces a crisis in the wake of the new coronavirus outbreak. ‘I am hoping all of you will participate, from our frontline employees to our senior leaders, and share in our current challenges,’ Tang said in a video message posted online. The request lays bare desperate times at Cathay, which was hammered last year by months of political chaos and protests in Hong Kong and has now been hurt further by the fallout from the virus outbreak. Some 27,000 employees of Cathay Pacific have been asked by their CEO take up to three weeks of unpaid leave to ‘share in our current challenges’, according to a video posted today 493 people have died of the coronavirus and more than 24,600 have been infected worldwide All travellers entering Hong Kong from mainland China are set to be put in quarantine for 14 days. Pictured, pedestrians wear face masks as they take a selfie in Hong Kong on February 5. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Drivers are forced to pay an extra £5 to… Read full this story
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