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Google has asked its American employees to work from home for fear of coronavirus

As concerns about the coronavirus continue to grow, in many places, at work, they are encouraging people to work remotely to prevent further spread.


You have asked all of your employees in the United States and Canada to work from home for at least one month.

The new policy was announced in a memo to workers on Tuesday, and confirmed by a Google spokesperson to Business Insider. Those who can work remotely have been told to do so for an entire month, staying away from Google offices until at least April 10.

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He recommended that employees in Europe work from home and issued advice to their international offices depending on the local situation.

Google has numerous offices around the world, yet some 100,000 of its workers are based in North America.

"Contributing to social distancing if possible helps the community at large to spread and, more importantly, it will help offset the maximum burdens through critical healthcare systems and also save it for people in need ( based on expert advice) ”, Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai wrote Tuesday.

Please contribute if you can.

Not everyone is capable

Those who cannot work remotely will be able to go to the Google offices, which will remain open. In a blog post published on March 6, affected hourly service workers would be compensated for time they otherwise would have worked.

World Health Organization

The global count of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is currently 113,851, with 4,015 deaths. COVID-19 is the disease caused by the coronavirus. The United States has 472 reported cases and 19 deaths, while Canada has 77 cases.

UPDATE: March 11, 2020, 11:30 a.m. M. AEDT

Since then, a Google spokesperson has provided the following statement:

“We can confirm that all offices in North America now have the recommended work from home, if roles allow. Also today, we have made an additional commitment to sick leave: a COVID-19 fund for members of our extended workforce. "

The spokesperson also stated that working from home was previously optional for workers in New York and California, and recommended it for workers in Washington.