San Francisco, United States:
Twitter employees around the world were asked to work from home on Monday to stop the spread of the deadly new coronavirus epidemic.
The outbreak has spread all over the world since it started in central China at the end of last year. More than 3,100 people were killed, over 90,000 infected and a wave of travel restrictions triggered.
The social media platform's decision to ask its employees to avoid the office follows similar requests from governments in virus hotspots.
"We strongly encourage all employees worldwide to work from home if they are able to do it," said Jennifer Christie, Twitter chief of staff, in a blog post on Monday.
"Our goal is to reduce the likelihood of spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus for us – and the world around us."
Working from home will be mandatory for employees in the company's offices in South Korea, Hong Kong and Japan, Christie said.
South Korea recorded nearly 5,000 confirmed COVID-19 infections – the largest number outside of mainland China – and 28 deaths. More than half of the cases have been linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a secret religious group often referred to as a cult.
The Japanese government has closed schools across the country and asked employers to give their employees permission to work remotely.
Most Hong Kong officials returned to work on Monday after being asked to work from home for a month. The financial center has registered 100 cases of infection.
Twitter had already announced the cessation of "uncritical" business trips and events last week.
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