Facebook closed its London offices until Monday for deep cleaning after a Singapore-based employee, who previously visited their London bureau, tested positive for the coronavirus.
“An employee based in our Singapore office who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 visited our London offices 24-26 February 2020,” a company spokesperson said in an emailed statement on Friday. “We are therefore closing our London offices until Monday for deep cleaning and employees are working from home until then.”
Three offices were closed and the company asked those who may have come on contact with the infected employee to isolate themselves and monitor for symptoms of the virus.
Global cases of the novel coronavirus crossed 100,000 on Friday as the pathogen races around the world, infecting people on every continent except Antarctica and hobbling the global economy.
The vast majority of cases — more than 80,000 — are still in China, where the virus emerged last December. But other nations from Italy to South Korea have emerged as secondary epicentres of infection. The outbreak has resulted in a slowdown of economic and social activity across the world, from flight cancellations to mass school closures.