Facebook shuts London office after COVID-19 scare

LONDON: US technology giant Facebook has said it was shutting its London office until Monday for a “deep clean” after an employee visiting from Singapore was diagnosed with coronavirus.

“An employee based in our Singapore office who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 visited our London offices from February 24 to 26, 2020,” the company said in a statement issued the other day.

“We are therefore closing our London offices until Monday for deep cleaning and employees are working from home until then.”

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The company said it was getting in touch with individuals who had direct contact with the person infected, and had asked them to self-isolate and monitor for any potential symptoms. Coronavirus has infected more than 100,000 people across 91 countries, according to a foreign news agency tally, while more than 3,400 people have died.

A total of 163 people have currently tested positive for the virus in Britain, and one person has died, health authorities said on Friday.


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