BEIJING, March 3 (UPI) — Google on Tuesday asked about 8,000 employees at its European headquarters in Dublin to work from home after employees reported flu-like symptoms. It comes after Ireland confirmed on Saturday that the country had found its first case of a new type of coronavirus and closed the school where the infected student was based. Ireland’s health minister said Monday night that there was still only one confirmed case in the country.
The new coronavirus, which appeared in China in late December, has spread to more than 60 countries and regions, killing more than 3,000 people and infecting more than 865,000 people.
A Google spokesman said: “We will continue to take precautions to protect the health and safety of our employees and we have asked the Dublin team to work from home tomorrow.” “
A company source said staff in close contact with the company were required to work from home “out of caution” and until the risks were clearer.
Google declined to comment on the person’s current status.