San Francisco: Google began restricting visits to its offices in Silicon Valley, San Francisco and New York on monday as it ramped up precautions against the deadly novel coronavirus.
The added measure was enacted as word went out that Apple had joined the list of technology firms advising employees to work from home and that the prestigious TED Conference set to take place in april has been delayed to protect the health of attendees.
Google was already among technology companies including Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon that have given employees the option of working from home instead of going to the office.
Apple over the weekend told employees at most of its offices around the world that they can work from home this week.
Google last week cancelled its major annual gathering of software developers amid virus concerns.
The internet giant said it nixed the festival-like event Google I/O event scheduled for May a short distance from the “Googleplex” in the Silicon Valley city of Mountain View.
The annual Google I/O conference typically attracts thousands of developers from around the world to mingle with one another and with engineers from the internet company on ways to synchronize software and services to its array of offerings....