Coronavirus: Twitter and Google urge their employees to telework

by bold-lichterman

Tech giants Twitter and Google have asked their employees to telecommute in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus, whose epidemic has already infected more than 92,000 people around the world.

We strongly encourage all of our employees around the world to work from home if they can ”Twitter’s head of human resources Jennifer Christie said in a statement posted to the company’s blog. Our goal is to reduce the risk of the Covid-19 epidemic spreading in us and in our environment ”, she added.

The social media giant said employees in its offices in South Korea, Hong Kong and Japan will be required to telecommute, due to local security measures.

Back to offices on Wednesday

For its part, Google asked Tuesday as a precaution to employees of its European headquarters in Dublin to work from home because one of them presented flu-like symptoms. However, they should return to their offices on Wednesday. ” We continue to take precautionary measures to protect the health and safety of our staff ”, a Google spokesperson said in a statement.

The two companies have also canceled or postponed conferences that were scheduled in the United States. The coronavirus epidemic has infected more than 92,000 people worldwide and left 3,127 dead, according to a report established by AFP from official sources on Tuesday at 11:00 GMT.