With the deadly coronavirus spreading across the globe, Google’s temporarily closing all of its offices in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan due to the health threat. The tech giant has also placed restrictions on business travel to China and Hong Kong, it told The Verge earlier Wednesday and later confirmed to CNET.
Google’s employees in China, and those with immediate relatives returning from China, have also been told to work from home for 14 days at least. Google’s Chinese business mainly focuses on sales and engineering for its advertising business.
Coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China, has so far killed over 130 people and infected more than 6,000. , with the illness exhibiting pneumonia-like symptoms. It was first reported to the World Health Organization on Dec. 31, with Chinese scientists linking the disease to a family of viruses known as coronaviruses that include the deadly SARS and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).