Jan 30, 2020

Coronavirus: Technology giants join China shutdown

Google is temporarily closing all of its offices in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan as a result of the coronavirus. Google said it is stopping staff travelling to China and Hong Kong, while employees currently in the country have been advised to leave as soon as possible and then work from home for a minimum of two weeks. "Out of an abundance of caution, we are restricting business travel to and from China until further notice and encouraging our employees to follow the health and safety guidelines provided by international health agencies", an Amazon spokesperson told the BBC. Earlier this week Facebook became the first major US firm to tell staff to avoid travelling to China. On Wednesday Toyota also announced that its production plants in China will stay closed until 9 February. French car making group PSA, which owns the brands Peugeot and Citroen, and Japan's Honda and Nissan have announced plans to evacuate staff and their families from China.

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