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Coronavirus: Google Shuts All Offices In China Temporarily

Coronavirus: To Curb The Epidemic, China Has Decided To Adopt A Host Of Measures Including Delaying And Reducing Conferences And Major Events, Extending The Current Spring Festival Holidays And Supporting Online Work.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Fayiq Wani | Updated on: 30 Jan 2020, 10:27:26 AM
Coronavirus in China

Google is temporarily shutting down all its offices in China. (Photo Credit: Google)

New Delhi:

As deaths from China's viral epidemic rise to 169, tech giant Google is temporarily shutting down all its offices in the country. The shutdown includes Google’s offices in Hong Kong and Taiwan as well. “Plans to keep its offices closed in accordance with the government guidance, and it’s also placed temporary business travel restrictions on flying to mainland China and Hong Kong. The company is also advising employees currently in China, and employees who have immediate family members returning from the country, return home as soon as possible and to work from home for at least 14 days from their departure date,” the verge quoted a Google spokesperson as saying.

Google at present maintains four offices in China. The company maintains a strong presence in China with regards to its hardware efforts.

To curb the epidemic, China has decided to adopt a host of measures including delaying and reducing conferences and major events, extending the current Spring Festival holidays and supporting online work. 

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China is rushing to build a new hospital in a record breaking time to treat patients at the epicentre of a deadly virus outbreak that has stricken hundreds of people, state media reported last week. The facility in the central city of Wuhan is expected to be in use by February 3 to serve a rising number of patients infected by a coronavirus that has left at least 26 people dead and millions on lockdown in an effort to curb the spread. Dozens of excavators and trucks were filmed working on the site by state broadcaster CCTV.

What is Coronavirus?

The coronavirus has caused alarm because of its similarity to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which killed nearly 650 people across mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003. Like SARS, it can be passed among people through the respiratory tract. Animals are suspected to be the primary source of the outbreak, with Chinese health officials saying the virus originated from the market where wild animals were illegally sold. Studies published this week suggest that the virus may have originated in bats or snakes.

The first case of the new virus was confirmed on December 31, and it has since been detected in Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States.

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First Published : 30 Jan 2020, 10:27:26 AM