Twitter tells staff to work from home over coronavirus fears

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Twitter has told its staff to work from home to help stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The directive was seen to have partly pointed out to the social media giant work stations based in Hong Kong when it said that it was mandatory for staff to work without accessing offices.

But as a collective responsibility to help fight the virus which has caused more than 3,000 deaths globally, Twitter said it was strongly encouraging all of its 5,000 employees around the world to not come into work.

This comes a day after the firm banned all non-essential business travel and events for its workers.

“Our goal is to lower the probability of the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus for us – and the world around us.” Said Twitter’s head of human resources Jennifer Christie.

Other leading technology companies, including Facebook and Google, have postponed conferences in the United States.

Staff at Google’s European headquarters in Dublin will work from home on Tuesday as the company tests its preparedness for a potential outbreak in Ireland, but most of the 8,000 workers are expected to return to their desks on Wednesday.

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Lawrence Baraza is a prolific writer with competencies in Digital Media, Print, and Broadcast. Baraza is also a Communication Practitioner currently spearheading Digital content on Metropol TV's Digital Desk.

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