As the coronavirus spreads, Google has temporarily closed all of its offices in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, taking into account threats to employee health. The tech giant has also imposed restrictions on business travel to mainland China and Hong Kong, and Google employees in China and immediate family members returning from China have been told to work from home for at least 14 days.
Google’s current business in China focuses on the operation and sales of its advertising business.
The coronavirus originated in Wuhan, China, and has infected more than 7,000 people by the time of writing. Confirmed cases have been found in Asia, the United States, Australia, Europe and the Middle East, and the disease shows symptoms similar to pneumonia.
Chinese scientists have linked the disease to a family of viruses known as the new coronavirus, which includes the deadly SARS and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), but the new coronavirus has a relatively low fatality rate.