Google Employee has Coronavirus

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Google has confirmed that an employee in Switzerland has tested positive for the coronavirus forcing Google to restrict travel for employees.

The California based company informed employees by email on Friday to advise that an employee from the Zurich office has tested positive for the virus. Google confirmed that the employee did not display any symptoms whilst in the Zurich office and the office remains open.

Google released the following statement “We can confirm that one employee from our Zurich office has been diagnosed with the coronavirus. They were in the Zurich office for a limited time, before they had any symptoms. We have taken and will continue to take all necessary precautionary measures, following the advice of public health officials, as we prioritise everyones health and safety.”

Google is restricting travel to countries other than Iran, the two Italian regions Lombardy and Veneto, South Korea, Japan and China where travel is prohibited unless employees are returning home. Google are reviewing all international travel over the next 90 days.

Kerry Flynn a CNN reporter advised on Friday that Google is cancelling its Google News Initiative Summit. Facebook also confirmed they will cancel their annual F8 developers conference. Facebook confirmed they will use a combination of local events, videos and live streamed content to bring developers together.

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus in December almost 83,000 people have been infected and more than 2,800 have died. The outbreak has shaken the tech world with the major tech companies not attending industry conferences.