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All the companies around the world are coming forward to make moves for the welfare of their employees as the deadly coronavirus rapidly spreads.
Apple has reportedly suggested to its employees on the California campuses to work from home as an "extra precaution" even as new coronavirus cases spread on the west coast in the US, especially Seattle area.
As Apple has not made a public statement regarding the move, it's not clear how many employees have been asked to work from home, Apple Insider reported on Saturday.
The company joins Microsoft, Google Facebook, and Twitter in requesting their employees to work from home.
Apple's flagship developers' conference WWDC 2020 in June is also at the risk of getting cancelled as the Santa Clara public health department has warned against large public gatherings. The event draws nearly 5,000 developers from across the world.
Apple has restricted its employees from travelling to Italy and South Korea.
The iPhone maker has also withdrawn from the 2020 edition of South by Southwest (SXSW) festival conference amid growing coronavirus concerns.
The US death toll from the new coronavirus has climbed to 14, according to Johns Hopkins' tracker, with 329 cases reported across the country.
The company has hundreds of retail stores worldwide, including 42 in China that closed or operated with reduced hours at the height of the country's outbreak.
US President Donald Trump last month issued a federal order forcing auto giant General Motors to manufacture ventilators after a shortage of the hospital equipment, which is crucial for treating critical COVID-19 cases.
The newest handsets come as Apple seeks to spur new upgrades in a slumping global smartphone market.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said based on its review of results of a study by UK researchers, it concluded that dexamethasone - a commonly used drug against a range of inflammatory conditions - can be considered a treatment option in adults and adolescents needing oxygen therapy.
Taiwan scrambled fighter jets on Friday as 18 Chinese aircraft buzzed the island, including crossing the sensitive mid-line of the Taiwan Strait, in an escalation of tensions as a senior US official held talks in Taipei.
Two Turkish soldiers were killed and another was wounded after Kurdish militants fired rockets at a military base in northern Iraq, Turkey's Defence Ministry said in a statement on Friday.