Spurt in virus cases: Google postpones US office reopening to September
WASHINGTON (US) – Alphabet Inc’s Google said late on Tuesday it was delaying the reopening of its US offices by around two months in the wake of a surge in the number of coronavirus cases.
Google spokeswoman Katherine Williams told Reuters all of their offices in the US offices will now remain closed until Sept. 7.
Last month, it had said it would reopen offices in more cities at roughly 10% of their capacity beginning July 6 and scale it up to 30% in September, if conditions permitted.
Williams confirmed a Bloomberg report that cited an internal memo to employees sent by a Google executive.
“For all of you that are working from home, please continue to do so unless you are told otherwise by your manager,” Chris Rackow, Google’s vice president of global security, said in the memo.
“We don’t expect this guidance to change until Monday, Sept. 7 (Labor Day) at the earliest,” Rackow wrote, adding that the recent rise in coronavirus cases in the United States demonstrates that “COVID-19 is still very much alive”.
Coronavirus cases in June more than doubled in 14 states, including California, Florida and Texas, revealed a Reuters analysis on Tuesday.
Across the country, cases rose by at least 46% and deaths showed a spurt of 21% during the month.
On Tuesday alone, new COVID-19 cases rose by more than 47,000, according to a Reuters tally, the biggest one-day increase since the start of the pandemic.
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