Google Tells Staff to Work From Home In North America and Europe

Google Tells Staff to Work From Home In North America and Europe

Google Tells Staff to Work From Home In North America and Europe

Google parent company Alphabet is recommending that all of its North America employees work from home through April 10 due to coronavirus, according to an email shown to CNN. It's unclear how many people the company employs in North America alone.

Pichai said, "Some of our offices have shifted to a work-from-home status ensuring business continuity, while others are operating as usual".

Alphabet's decision comes in the wake of a spike in cases of coronavirus in the U.S., which has now seen 900 fasee and 30 deaths.

"Our goal is to reduce the density of people in offices, which expert advice suggests may slow down the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the burden on the local community and health resources", a Google spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.

With the coronavirus outbreak taking centre-stage across the globe, tech giant Google has taken a big step to help those in its global, extended workforce who have been showing symptoms of the Covid-19 disease as well as those who are in self-quarantine or state-imposed quarantine. "We have been making sure hourly service vendor workers in our extended workforce who are affected by reduced work schedules are compensated for the time they would have worked".

Among tech companies, Paytm and Mindtree have said that one of their employees had tested positive.

Google has already felt the wrath of COVID-19, having been forced to cancel I/O 2020, but it's now taking even more drastic measures. Google -along with Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Twitter - is expected to attend, she said, with numerous participants expected to join the conference remotely.

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