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Facebook Confirms That One Of Its Contractors Tested Positive To Coronavirus

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Facebook has confirmed that one of its contractors in its Seattle office has tested positive to coronavirus. The company says it is closing the location until 19th March 2020.

 

“A contractor based in our Stadium East office has been diagnosed with the COVID-19. We’ve notified our employees and are following the advice of public health officials to prioritize everyone’s health and safety,” Facebook’s company spokesperson, Anthony Harrison told Business Insider.

 

Facebook adds that it has notified its employees in all Seattle locations and is encouraging them to work from home until the end of March. This comes just a day after Amazon also confirmed that one of its employees was infected by the deadly virus.

 

In an email to its employees in Seattle, Amazon’s health and safety office had confirmed the news. An employee of the company’s South Lake Union Campus in Seattle had contracted the deadly coronavirus.

 

“The employee went home feeling unwell on Tuesday, February 25 and has not entered Amazon offices since then,” the email said.

 

Facebook is asking all its Seattle employees to work from home. Josh Edelson/AFP.

 

The email also confirms that the employee remains in quarantine. Employees who were in close contact with the person were also notified.

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Precaution over coronavirus was the major reason Facebook canceled its annual marketing conference. The conference ought to have taken place at San Francisco’s Moscone Center from 9th March to 12th March 2020.

 

This adds to a growing list of top tech events canceled because of the coronavirus.

 

“Out of an abundance of caution, we canceled our Global Marketing Summit due to evolving public health risks related to coronavirus,” Facebook spokesman Anthony Harrison had said in a statement at the time. The conference usually attracts more than 500 guests.

 

Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft have previously put travel restrictions on its employees. Stopping them from flying to and from China in order to prevent the spread of the disease.

 

The disease, also known as COVID-19, continues to spread. There are at least 128 coronavirus cases and nine deaths in the US. At this time, South Africa and Nigeria have confirmed cases of the virus in Africa.

 

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