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Hi <<First Name>>,

The local government in Cebu City announced the extension of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) until May 31. 

In short, this quarantine extension means:
  • Border controls within Cebu stay in place.  Movement is restricted to within a few km's of where each staff member lives.
  • No public transport
  • No leaving the house other than for absolute essentials like food and medicine
Important Figures (based on DOH tracker)
  • Samples tested in Cebu: 18,180
  • Cebu population is approximate 1m
  • Number of confirmed cases: 1,531
  • Infection rate 8.42% (Australia's is 0.70%)
  • Number of recovered patients: 24
I am shocked by the above numbers!

To put this into perspective, Australia has completed 940,000 tests for a population of 25m, while the Philippines have completed 184,000 tests for a population of 107m.   I believe there are far more cases than being reported due to low testing.  Therefore, the safety of staff cannot be guaranteed until more testing is initiated or a vaccine is produced.

What we're doing for staff...
More than ever, we are staying connected to our team of superstars and with Ed's leadership, we are having open meetings for staff to have access to Ed and I.  

We're running online team gatherings to play games after hours, dance and generally let off some steam.  

 For this month,  we had our mini TikTok competition and Online Zumba! 

How we're doing financially...
The biggest hit came during March and early April with 15% of our staff either terminated, put on a leave of absence,  or asked to work reduced hours.

Over the last 6 weeks, the team have hustled hard and all the staff (except  8) have been able to retain their job in a similar capacity with either new clients or existing VA Platinum clients that wanted to grow their teams.  Most of these 8 staff are working part-time for their businesses.

The next biggest hit has been the exchange rate which dropped 16% from January to March and is currently down 10% this year.  

We will get through this.

Fortunately, businesses are still interested in hiring virtual staff and we've begun fielding new business enquiries via referrals from our existing clients (THANK YOU). 

If you want any more information, just reach out to either Ed (ed@vapltinum.com.au) or I.

All the best,
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