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Google postpones US office reopening to September as virus cases spike

| Updated: July 02, 2020 20:47:30


The logo of Google is pictured during the Viva Tech start-up and technology summit in Paris, France on May 25, 2018 — Reuters/Files The logo of Google is pictured during the Viva Tech start-up and technology summit in Paris, France on May 25, 2018 — Reuters/Files

Alphabet’s Google said late on Tuesday (US standard time) it was delaying the reopening of its US offices by around two months because of a surge in the number of coronavirus cases in some states.

All of Google’s US offices will now remain closed at least until Sept. 7, Google spokeswoman Katherine Williams told Reuters.

Google said in late May it would reopen buildings in more cities at roughly 10 per cent of their capacity beginning July 6 and scale it up to 30 per cent 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”.

The development comes as coronavirus cases in June more than doubled in 14 US states, including California, Florida and Texas, a Reuters analysis on Tuesday showed.

Nationally, cases rose by at least 46 per cent and deaths increased by 21 per cent during the month.

On Tuesday alone, new US Covid-19 cases rose by more than 47,000, according to a Reuters tally, the biggest one-day spike since the start of the pandemic that has claimed nearly 510,000 lives worldwide.

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