The outbreak is spreading from the west coast of the United States to more places. According to the People’s Daily, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state public health departments statistics, as of 7 p.m. ET on the 6th, there were 324 confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia in the United States, 14 deaths and 10 cured cases.
As of 0:00 BST on March 8, 28 U.S. states had reported confirmed cases, according to the New York Times Live Outbreak Map. Washington state (86) and California (79) were the worst affected, so West Coast tech giants such as Microsoft and Apple were also hit. Apple advised all 12,000 employees at its headquarters to work from home on Friday, the Daily Mail reported.
Before that, Microsoft, Facebook and Google also arranged for some employees to work from home, and with the diagnosis of isolation in an Amazon Office in Seattle, more than 100,000 employees from the U.S. tech giants combined will be affected by the outbreak.
More than 100,000 employees work from home on March 6, and the Daily Mail received an internal Apple memo recommending that all 12,000 employees at Cupertino’s headquarters work from home. Employees have been told that Apple is taking precautions in response to the latest instructions from public health officials. Although Apple Park’s offices will remain open, they “encourage team members to stay away from the office.”
The memo says Apple has been focused on what is best for the safety and well-being of its workforce as the COVID-19 virus outbreak progresses. However, the memo was sent at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, with many employees complaining that they were on their way to work. Meanwhile, Facebook told employees at its San Francisco Bay Area office to stay at home and cancel all business travel from Friday, CNBC reported. The company is believed to have about 14,000 employees in the Bay Area. A total of 17,000 employees at the company were told to work from home when the previously closed Seattle office is included.
Google also requires employees in Washington state to choose from home “within their capabilities.” Google employs more than 4,500 people in Seattle. Microsoft has also asked its sanfrancisco and Seattle offices to work from home to limit the spread of the virus. Microsoft employs more than 80,000 people across the United States, including 54,000 at redmond park in Seattle, Washington. Microsoft has also pledged to continue paying wages during the outbreak, even if some hourly workers can’t work. Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president, said it was to provide a steady income for workers who need to work on the field, including cleaners and kitchen workers. Amazon, which has taken root in Seattle, has also been hit hard, “agreeing in principle” to telecommute more than 50,000 employees in the Washington area.
Big technology stocks lost $500 billion in two weeks Since the U.S. stock market plunged on February 24, the three major U.S. stock indexes fell more than 15 percent, and by the close of trading on The 6th, the average decline of the three major indexes narrowed to around 10 percent. Major U.S. technology stocks also suffered considerable losses. Apple’s shares fell relatively little, falling 7.67 per cent in the two weeks to February 24. Intel, Oracle, Facebook, Cisco, IBM and others all fell more than 13 percent.
The 10 biggest U.S. technology companies have lost nearly $500 billion in the last two weeks.
Chinese Experts Talk About The Outbreak Situation in the U.S.
Regarding the current development of the current outbreak in the United States, the China Health and Reform Commission high-level expert group member Zeng Guang said, “The United States has the world’s most powerful centers for disease control, they have long been in the world’s public health field leading position, there are many excellent experts, they are very experienced.” But Chinese a lot of what can be done, the United States may not be able to do, they mask spending war reserves are insufficient, so they call on ordinary people not to wear masks. “”There are 45 million masks in the United States, and how many days can 300 million people in the United States be used?” U.S. mask manufacturers in the United States, production sites are abroad, if the call to ordinary people are wearing masks, (the United States) immediately the whole people will be in disarray, began to buy. Zeng Guang introduced that in the case of more porridge, there is a mask for patients to wear, two masks for doctors to wear, and three masks for patients to wear, which is a U.S. response to the outbreak. “Can’t control the epidemic of the disease, don’t let fear epidemic, the United States is from this point of view to understand, hope that the disease in the direction of influenza.” If this can be done with less money and more, this is the U.S. mode of prevention and control. I understand their suffering and i know their level, and the american clinical ability is very strong. “
U.S. exempts Chinese medical products from tariffs
The U.S. government this week approved a tariff exemption on a range of medical products imported from China, including masks and medical gloves, according to the official website of the U.S. Trade Representative’s office.
Among the products exempted are medical masks imported by Medegen Medical Products, isolation protective clothing, clinical testing gloves imported by Cardinal Health, and medical cleaning wipes required by Medline Industries.
In the waiver filing, Medegen said the product’s global production range was “largely” limited to China, while similar products from U.S. or third-country manufacturers were “neither practical nor competitive.” Editing by Zheng Zheng Xiaoyong Dubo
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