Twitter staff told to work from home over virus fears

Twitter staff told to work from home over virus fears

March 3, 2020 0 By mykenyancareers
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The social media platform’s decision to ask its staff to avoid the office follows similar requests by governments in virus hotspots/FILE

SAN
FRANCISCO, United States, Mar 3 – Twitter staff across the world were asked to
work from home starting Monday in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly
new coronavirus epidemic. 

The outbreak
has spread across the world since emerging in central China late last year,
killing more than 3,100 people, infecting over 90,000, and prompting a wave of
travel restrictions. 

The social
media platform’s decision to ask its staff to avoid the office follows similar
requests by governments in virus hotspots.

“We are
strongly encouraging all employees globally to work from home if they’re
able,” Twitter human resources chief Jennifer Christie said in a Monday
blog post. 

“Our
goal is to lower the probability of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus for
us — and the world around us.”

Working from
home will be mandatory for employees at the company’s South Korea, Hong Kong
and Japan offices, Christie said.

South Korea
has recorded nearly 5,000 confirmed COVID-19 infections — the largest number
outside mainland China — along with 28 deaths. More than half of the cases
have been linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a secretive religious
group often described as a cult.

Japan’s
government has urged the closure of schools nationwide and employers to give
their staff permission to work remotely. 

Most civil
servants in Hong Kong returned to work on Monday after they were asked to work
from home for a month. The financial hub has recorded 100 cases of the
infection. 

Twitter had
already announced the suspension of “non-critical” business travel and
events last week.