Social media giant Facebook Inc (FB.O) and Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google on Thursday recommended their San Francisco Bay area employees work from home to minimize the risk of spreading coronavirus.
Facebook said it is “strongly recommending that all Bay area employees and contingent staff work from home starting Friday.”
The decision is “based on the guidance from Santa Clara County on Thursday”, Anthony Harrison, Facebook spokesperson, said in an emailed statement to Reuters.
Employees and contractors involved in the site’s safety and security will continue to work on site, while all Bay Area events will remain canceled, according to the statement.
Separately, Google has offered a work-from-home option to employees in Bay Area offices, a spokesperson told Reuters in an emailed statement.
Meanwhile, Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) confirmed early on Friday that two of its employees have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
“A Microsoft employee and a LinkedIn employee, both in Puget Sound, are among those diagnosed with COVID-19,” the company said in a statement.
Coronavirus test kits were delivered on Thursday to an ocean liner at sea, as it was barred from returning to port in San Francisco after at least 35 people aboard the vessel developed flu-like symptoms, which has been linked to two other confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Aware of her elements, Neha writes the best articles across industries including electronics & semiconductors, automotive & transportation and food & beverages. Being from the finance background she has the ability to understand the dynamics of every industry and analyze the news updates to form insightful articles. Neha is an energetic person interested in music, travel, and entertainment. Since past 5 years, she written extensively on sectors like technology, finance and healthcare.
Smarter Decisions with Smart News
Smart Market News is committed to getting its readers the latest updates and insights on industries that help in making “smarter” business decisions. With insights and inputs from corporate decision makers, we bring you the stories of adopting innovative solutions and strategies that have been changing the world. Our editorial insights on products, solutions, companies, and adoption of best practices not only help in understanding the markets better, but also prove to be a complete package for your information needs.