Google has temporarily suspended operations at all of its offices in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan as a result of the Corona Virus.
Other tech giants following suit including but not limited to Amazon and Microsoft, have also taken similar action to protect their staff from deadly virus.
During this week global corporations have also been shutting operations in China and also advising overseas staff not to visit the country.
Numerous employees and stakeholders are being asked to work from home or extend their Lunar New Year holiday.
Google has recently stated that it is stopping staff traveling 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 a two week period.
Google has four corporate offices in mainland China, albeit the company has not stated on how many staff it employs there.
Google’s search engine is not available in China, its offices focus on sales and engineering for its advertising business.
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The majority of Global technology giants, including Microsoft and Amazon, have announced similar measures as they attempt to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
“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.
It was reported earlier this week that Facebook became the first major US firm to tell staff to avoid travelling to China.
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US auto giant General Motors has become the latest big car maker to announce that it is extending its Lunar New Year holiday manufacturing plant closures. The US company said its Chinese factories will remain shut until 9 February.
On Wednesday Toyota corporation had also announced that its production plants in China will stay closed until 9 February. The Japanese car maker said the closures were in line with transport lock downs imposed by Chinese authorities and as the company assesses its supply chain.
Several other international car companies operating in Wuhan, which is at the epicenter of the deadly outbreak, have previously said they were taking action to bring staff back to their home countries.
The French car auto manufacturer 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.
Wuhan is China’s seventh largest city and a major motor manufacturing hub.