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Coronavirus Panic: Facebook And Razer Restrict Employees Travel To China

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Facebook and Gaming hardware maker, Razer have begun restricting their employees from traveling to China. LG has also already implemented a complete ban due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

 

Facebook is halting all non-essential employees travel to China. It’s also telling its employees who recently came back from China to work from home. Any employee that needs to travel to the region must get “specific approval” from Facebook according to Bloomberg.

 

A Facebook spokesperson told Reuters that  “Out of an abundance of caution, we have taken steps to protect the health and safety of our employees.”

 

A map showing Hubei province, the alleged origin of the coronavirus in China. Photo: WashingtonPost.

 

Facebook is banned in China, however, it has offices in the country and Chinese suppliers help in manufacturing its Oculus virtual reality headsets and Portal family of video chat devices.

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Razer is popular for making gaming laptops and accessories. A spokesperson for the company said: “Our company has already been restricting travel and advising employees to work from home”.

 

Razer also has offices all over China and relies on Chinese suppliers to manufacturer some of its hardware, like; gaming mice, keyboards, headsets, and laptops.

 

According to Reuters, LG also enforced a complete travel ban to China and advised its employees already in China to return as soon as possible.

Countries are also issuing travel warnings to mainland China

Airlines are also canceling flights as a growing number of countries are issuing travel warnings not just to Hubei province where disease broke out, but to the rest of mainland China.

 

Health officials believe Coronavirus originated in a market in the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei province. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also advised all US citizens to avoid nonessential travel to China to curtail the spread of the disease.

 

The BBC reports that authorities have recorded the death of over 100 people from coronavirus in China. More than 4,500 people are known to be infected across 16 countries worldwide, including in the US.

 

In the wake of this, Facebook and Razer restrict employees travel to China henceforth.

 

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