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SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 30: The Facebook logo is displayed during the F8 Facebook Developers conference on April 30, 2019 in San Jose, California. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivered the opening keynote to the FB Developer conference that runs through May 1. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Facebook’s London office closed after employee tests positive for coronavirus

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 30: The Facebook logo is displayed during the F8 Facebook Developers conference on April 30, 2019 in San Jose, California. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivered the opening keynote to the FB Developer conference that runs through May 1. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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.

The Facebook Inc. logo sits on screens ahead of the global launch event of “Workplace” at the Facebook Inc. offices in London, U.K., on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016.

“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.

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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.