From the very first case in China to the complete set of measures deployed by Ghenova

DATA FOR 10 DAYS!!;xNLx;;xNLx; 8 different sites in 4 different countries;xNLx; + 500 people moved;xNLx; + 500 IT-equipment moved;xNLx; + 25000 emails received;xNLx; + 2000 intervention (+ 70% solved in 1 day)

2019-12-31 03:01:51

1st case communicated by China

At the close of 2019, the WHO China Country Office was informed of a pneumonia of unknown cause, detected in the city of Wuhan in Hubei province, China. According to the authorities, some patients were operating dealers or vendors in the Huanan Seafood market. Although recent reports indicate this could began quite earlier on time...

2020-01-10 03:01:51

WHO issues its first guidance on the novel coronavirus

Developed with reference to other coronaviruses, such as SARS and MERS, WHO issued a tool for countries to check their ability to detect and respond to a novel coronavirus. This information is to help with identifying main gaps, assessing risks and planning for additional investigations, response and control actions. The tool was developed with other coronaviruses, such as SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV in mind and in consultation with member states. This information will help national authorities to i) identify main gaps ii) perform risk assessments and iii) plan for additional investigations, response and control actions.

2020-01-11 11:40:35

1st Death in China

The first two patients in Shenzhen city transferred into negative pressure room in Third People's Hospital of Shenzhen City due to matching lab test result, symptoms, and epidemiology and are being listed as suspected cases. The cases were not confirmed at the time, because requirement from the Chinese government at the time was that first case in each individual cities need to be submitted to provincial CDC, verified by national CDC, and then evaluated and confirmed by a specific diagnostic team in national CDC.

2020-01-12 08:48:07

Genome sequencing of novel coronavirus is published

China shares the genetic sequence of the novel coronavirus, which will be very important for other countries as they develop specific diagnostic kits.

2020-01-13 02:44:25

1st case outside China

Officials confirmed a case of the novel coronavirus in Thailand. It was not unexpected that cases of the novel coronavirus would emerge outside of China and reinforces why WHO calls for active monitoring and preparedness in other countries.

2020-01-13 12:10:26

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2020-01-30 09:35:31

Public Health Emergency declared

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared the 2019-nCoV outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, following a second meeting of the Emergency Committee convened under the International Health Regulations. Acknowledging that cases have been reported in five WHO regions in one month, the Committee noted that early detection, isolating and treating cases, contact tracing and social distancing measures – in line with the level of risk – can all work to interrupt virus spread.

2020-01-31 03:35:55

1st case confirmed in Italy

Two Chinese tourists in Rome tested positive for the virus. On 31 January, the Italian government suspended all flights to and from China and declared a state of emergency with the duration of six months. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Italy was the first EU country to take this kind of precautionary measure. One week later an Italian man repatriated back to Italy from the city of Wuhan, China, was hospitalised and confirmed as the third case in Italy.

2020-01-31 16:28:52

1st case detected in Spain

The very 1st case was confirmed to have spread to Spain on 31 January 2020, when a German tourist tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 in La Gomera, Canary Islands. On 9 February, the second case involved a British male tourist in Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, who contracted the disease after coming into contact with someone in France who subsequently tested positive. Later on February, 24th, a 69-year-old medical doctor from Lombardy who had been vacationing in Tenerife since the 17th of February tested positive. As well, a25-year-old man returning from a holiday in Italy also tested positive in Asturias.

2020-02-04 23:05:04

1st official info addressed to GHENOVA

GHENOVA's consultancy company for H&S issues sends the first piece of information assessing on Coronavirus treatment. There it is said "The probability of introduction of the virus into the European Union is considered low", according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

2020-02-11 12:44:43

COVID-19 is born

Novel coronavirus disease named COVID-19: Guidelines mandated that the name of the disease could not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people. It also needed to relate to the disease and be pronounceable. This choice will help guard against the use of other names that might be inaccurate or stigmatizing.

2020-02-22 15:35:10

1st quarantine measure in Italy

+20days after 1st case detected, the government announced a new decree imposing the quarantine of more than 50,000 people from 11 different municipalities in Northern Italy.

2020-02-26 20:23:04

1st internal communication to personnel

A complete set of information is addressed to GHENOVAs personnel via an internal corporative mail. There, main information created by the government and other reliable sources are annexed.

2020-03-01 02:06:19

Italian government takes further measures

On 1 March, the Council of Ministers approved a decree to organise the containment of the outbreak. In the decree, the Italian national territory was divided into three areas. On 4 March, the Italian government imposed the shutdown of all schools and universities nationwide for two weeks as the country reached 100 deaths from the outbreak. The same day, the government ruled that all sporting events in Italy would be played behind closed doors until 3 April. In the night between 7 and 8 March, the government approved a decree to lock down Lombardy and 14 other provinces in Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont and Marche, involving more than 16 million people. This measure was described as the largest lockdown in the history of Europe, On 9 March, the government announced that all sporting events in Italy would be cancelled until at least 3 April. The same day, Prime Minister communicates that all measures previously applied only in the so-called "red zones" had been extended to the whole country, putting approximately 60 million people in lockdown.

2020-03-02 12:41:12

“There’s no choice but to act now”

Speaking at the COVID-19 media briefing, the Director-General emphasized that the virus is capable of community transmission but can be contained with the right measures.

2020-03-03 13:44:13

1st death in Spain

Although previously, on February 13th a man of 69 years dead, this case was not discovered until March the 4th after the forensic analysis was carried out. So it was the next day (March, the 4th) when the second death was announced.

2020-03-04 11:57:41

GHENOVA is concerned about the risk: Covid-19 Committee is created

GHENOVA decides to create a Committee to deal with this situation. The very first meeting is attended by the General Manager, CEO, Operations Manager; ICT Manager and H&S Manager. There, Management transmits their commitment with the health of the employees and commands to put in place a deep analysis to find the best plan to implement solutions for a so dangerous risk for the company continuity of operations. H&S Manager is appointed to centralize all actions and monitor and report progress.

2020-03-05 09:06:51

Spanish Government and the WHO dismiss Covid19 impact in Spain

After more than 260 cases detected and three deaths, the Health Minister says that it is not yet the moment to enter in an alert phase. As well, the WHO, through the Director of the Department of Public Health and Environment, advocated this day for combating the epidemic "causing the least disruption in people's lives."

2020-03-05 09:20:20

GHENOVA adopts Prevention measures

As the very first decision taken by the Committee is to deploy a set of prevention measures to mitigate the risk of contagion. On March the 5th an internal corporative mail is sent to all employees reporting such measures. Main measures are: - TRAVEL & VISITS RESTRICTIONS requiring previous authorization by the Company Managers - DESINFECTION measures (i.e. extra-cleaning services; hydroalcoholic gels on free disposal; etc.) - RESTRICTION OF PEOPLE CONCENTRATION by implementing shifts in the company canteen; promoting video-meetings; etc.) -HYGIENIC RECOMMENDATIONS

2020-03-06 00:17:02

ICT department begins home-working

The very first measure to mitigate the impact among the personnel, is to send key persons from the ICT Department to do home-working, as they were considered the key group to organize transition to general home-working.

2020-03-09 07:20:59

+1000 cases in Spain

Madrid, Vitoria and a small Catalonian village decide to shut down education centres. 1.5 millions of students are affected. The previous day a multitudinous demo is celebrated in Madrid, concentring more than 100.000 people: People is not afraid yet.

2020-03-09 09:11:54

Canteen shifts are put in place

Following measures announced on the previous days, the shifts to access to the company's canteen are created. Reducing the number of people to the half of its capacity.

2020-03-10 09:20:00

1st employee to do teleworking

Teleworking plan begins to take place. Beginning by the personnel with highest risk factors, the first person sent to do home-working (after ICT department) is a pregnant woman working at accountability department. Then, other persons with special risk working for corporative and commercial departments follow this measure. So by March, the 13th 80% of the personnel from the corporative departments are doing teleworking

2020-03-10 21:18:21

Covid-19 eradicated in Wuhan

Chinese Communist Party general secretary Xi Jinping visits Wuhan and issues a statement claiming that COVID-19 has been eradicated in Wuhan and Hubei province

2020-03-11 00:26:14

Biometric access to the offices are cancelled

In order to avoid contagion by placing the finger on the biometric control displays, this system is substituted by a card control system in all GHENOVA's sites

2020-03-11 11:47:48

COVID-19 is declared a pandemic

Speaking at the COVID-19 media briefing, the WHO Director-General said: "WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction. We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic. Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death. Describing the situation as a pandemic does not change WHO’s assessment of the threat posed by this virus. It doesn’t change what WHO is doing, and it doesn’t change what countries should do. We have never before seen a pandemic sparked by a coronavirus. This is the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus. And we have never before seen a pandemic that can be controlled, at the same time."

2020-03-12 15:45:13

The Black Thursday: Stock markets crash

Stock markets worldwide suffer their greatest single-day fall since the 1987 crash in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the previous day's announcement of the 30-day travel ban between the U.S. and Europe. US stock markets suffered from the greatest single-day percentage fall since the 1987 stock market crash. Following Black Monday three days earlier, Black Thursday was attributed to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic and a lack of investor confidence in US President Donald Trump after he declared a 30-day travel ban against the Schengen Area.

2020-03-12 16:15:26

Worst drop ever in the history for IBEX 35 (Spanish stock market)

The Stock Market has plummeted in the last month as it never has before in its history. Since February 18, the index has lost 37% of its capitalization. There are almost 4,000 points in less than a month.

2020-03-13 00:07:06

Persons in risk are identified

In order to take urgent measures concerning people in risk of contagion, a communication is sent to ask such people for answering making possible their identification in a rapid manner. Since none official identification characteristics are provided by any institution, people belonging to some of following groups are considered to be in risk: • Those who suffer or live with people suffering from: - pathologies, ailments or cardiovascular or lung diseases (ie. asthmatics); - those transplanted from a vital organ; and - those who have overcome a serious illness. • Pregnant women or pregnant couples.

2020-03-13 02:55:16

Europe becomes epicentre of the pandemic

Europe now has more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from China. More cases are now being reported every day than were reported in China at the height of its epidemic. 5,000 people have lost their lives to COVID19 Europe has now become the epicentre of the pandemic, with more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from China.

2020-03-13 07:17:57

80% of staff on teleworking

By the end of the week the effort to deploy teleworking is increased in a way that 80% of people are ready to do teleworking beginning on next Monday. This measure implies a huge effort from ICT Department who reassign all connections to make possible such an achievement in this short period of time. 1st SUCCESS IS ACHIEVED!!.

2020-03-13 23:33:20

US declares national state of emergency

U.S. President Donald Trump declared a national state of emergency, allocating about US$50 billion of U.S. federal government money for relief efforts. In response, US stock market Dow Jones Industrial Average posted its largest single-day gain since October 2008.

2020-03-14 00:04:29

1st Top Management communication

GHENOVA Top Management issues a communication to all employees to inform how this situation is handled by the company. The creation of a Committee is announced and the SSL Manager is nominated as person in charge to centralize all measures and as the communication channel to all employees: "Our technological infrastructure, the strength of our organization and our internal processes, our multi-site nature, but above all, the responsibility and capacity of the people who work at Ghenova, will allow us to continue providing our services"

2020-03-14 16:14:55

Spanish Government declares national emergency situation

On March 14, when in Spain there were around 6,000 cases and 200 deaths, the Council of Ministers declared a state of alarm throughout the national territory with the aim of stopping the health emergency caused by the pandemic of illness from coronavirus initially established for a period of 15 calendar days. The main consequence of this constitutional mechanism is the limitation to the freedom of movement of citizens, who can only circulate on public roads to acquire food, medicine and basic necessities, to go to health centres, to the workplace or financial or insurance entities, to assist elderly, minor, dependent or especially vulnerable people, as well as for reasons of force majeure. Likewise, the declaration of the state of alarm supposed the suspension of the opening to the public of the premises and retail establishments, except those related to the sale of food, sanitary and hygienic products, press and stationery, technology, gas stations, tobacconists, dry cleaners and laundries, as long as they take precautions to avoid crowding. In this same area, the hotel and restaurant activities were suspended, but being able to continue with home deliveries

2020-03-15 01:37:42

Top Management message to people off-site

Especially difficult becomes the situation of those people who are working abroad their home countries. People working off-site at Clients offices in some country where Covid-19 is affecting and they may feel alone at some circumstance. Being especially conscious on this, Top Management sent a special communication to all employees but certainly addressed to these people: "I want you to know that our first priority is your safety and your health, followed by your tranquillity and that of your families" Situation differs from countries, but the following-up of such situation is continuous by the HR Department. Phoning every day to this people, supporting all necessary help to report news and, above all, trying to bring them back ASAP.

2020-03-16 03:40:49

Spain borders closing

The Government announces the closure of the Spanish borders from 00:00 on March 16, only allowing the entry of Spanish citizens and those who argue due to force majeure or need.

2020-03-17 01:34:35

Preventive recommendations updating

In order to track this situation with transparency to the employees and focussing on keeping people confident on company's measures, a new communication is issued. There, the H&S Department summarizes all measures taken so far. Additionally, a set of preventive measures addressed to teleworkers are joined to the communication. Aimed to achieve the best H&S of people working at home.

2020-03-19 18:19:22

Teleworking Conditions are evaluated

With the aim to detect and analyse the conditions of people doing teleworking, a query is sent to the staff. This query follows the form issued by the Health Department of the Spanish Government. There, equipment (i.e. chairs; table; screen; etc.), environment (i.e. light, noise, space, etc.) and similar issues are asked to be reported.

2020-03-20 22:24:38


The challenge is almost achieved!!! In just 2 weeks, more than 500 people are moved to do teleworking. Just 11 people working at Ferrol remain at the office since they are waiting for the internet connection at home to be installed by the IT companies. The huge work from ICT Department in short collaboration with PMO allows to achieve the desired goal in such a short period.

2020-03-21 17:56:07

Streaming services reduce video quality

Global streaming services Netflix and YouTube reduce their video quality in the European Union to help prevent Internet gridlock as tens of millions of Europeans work at home or self-isolate.

2020-03-22 02:26:29

Emergency State is extended

Spanish Prime Minister announces that will require to the Parliamient to extend the state of alarm for other 15 days, up April, the 11th. Finally, this requisition is approved by the Parliament on March, the 24th

2020-03-23 10:18:22

GHENOVA's Covid-19 Protocol is reviewed

After the first preventive measures were put in place on March, the 5th, a reviewed complete protocol to face this situation at all Ghenova sites is published. Where it is covered: - preventive measures to consider; - how to act in case of possible, potencial or confirmed contagion, both by the personnel and by the company; - models of work organization; - description of the Committee. As well, a graphic board with a summary of the main preventive measures to be taken and some pieces of information related to Covid-19 issued by the Health Ministry and the Company Prevention Service are joined.

2020-03-23 18:07:04

"#IWorkFromHome" & "Drawing together from home" campaigns

Everyone is at home, and we want to see them!! Everybody is at home and we want to play with their children!! A pair friendly initiatives are launched in order to get pictures and videos from people while working at home and to get drawings made by their children at home. We are separated now, but we are still a team. New methods are being implemented to track on projects or to communicate each other, but, above all, the morale of the team must be kept high!! And, obviously, we are concerned about the new situation where people has to share the time for working with the time for the family. So, what is better than mixing work and family at this new times??

2020-03-24 16:49:19

Tokyo2020 Olympic Games are postponed

The International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee announce that the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games will be postponed to a date beyond 2020 but no later than summer 2021

2020-03-26 22:11:11

Top Management encourages people for efficiency and excellence at work

Once teleworking plan is about to end and first period of convulsion and uncertainty is concluding, it's time to call people to do their best. To do their best for projects "each from his position, we must redouble our effort to give the best of ourselves. We have to carry out our work with the level of quality that is usual in us, and do it efficiently, profitably. That is why I ask you from here an effort to maintain productivity". As well, the message is addressed to transmit confidence on the company's route: "despite the situation, our sales team continues to work hard and we do not stop receiving requests, launching offers and closing new contracts". And finally, the communication launches a message linked to the continuous improvement provided by this opportunity: "From the Management we are living this situation with optimism and with a learning attitude, because we will surely come out of this situation stronger, more prepared".

2020-03-27 15:43:28

+130K sick leaves / +750K layoffs / +1M job suspensions

The Government announces the prohibition of layoffs associated with the coronavirus. While the Social Security has registered more than 130,000 sick leave.

2020-03-27 18:21:05


THE CHALLENGE IS ACHIEVED!!! In just over 2 weeks, everybody, more than 500 people are moved to do teleworking. Internet connectivity is sorted out for everyone. The huge work from ICT Department in short collaboration with PMO allows to achieve the desired goal in such a short period. Everyone is at home now!! Hopefully, everyone is safe now!!


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