Facebook is shutting its London office and part of its Singapore base for "deep cleaning".
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The giant social networking site, Facebook shuts its three offices in London till Monday after an employee was diagnosed with Covid-19.
Facebook told nearly 3,000 employees will work from home after an employee, who was based in Singapore and visited the London offices was diagnosed positive with coronavirus.
There have been 163 cases of coronavirus in the UK.
Facebook said it would deep clean the premises before opening the offices.
"An employee based in our Singapore office who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 visited our London offices 24-26 February 2020.
"We are therefore closing our London offices until Monday for deep cleaning and employees are working from home until then," the company said in a statement.
At a time when the world is reeling under the threat of coronavirus, tech giant Facebook has recommended all its Bay Area employees to work from home.
The company employs nearly 54,000 people in the Seattle region.
Facebook said it is “strongly recommending" all its workers in the Bay Area to work from home. The company has several offices and thousands of employees across the region.
However, some of the platform security teams will be asked to remain onsite.
Coronavirus has infected more than 100,000 people across 91 countries globally, while more than 3,400 people have died.
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.
The move comes amid growing concerns of cutbacks and closures of news organisations hit by lockdowns and a massive slump in advertising resulting from the health crisis.
Elsewhere in Europe, frustrations with COVID-19 curbs were spilling over, with scuffles breaking out at a large anti-restrictions protest in the German city of Kassel, and thousands joining a similar demonstration in Liestal, Switzerland.
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