A Google employee has tested positive for the coronavirus

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A Google employee has tested positive for the coronavirus

Sundar Pichai

A Google employee has tested positive for the coronavirus, and the company is further restricting its employee travel as concerns around the viral outbreak grow.

On Friday, the California-based search giant emailed its employees to inform them that an employee who had been in the Zurich office has tested positive for the virus, which causes the disease COVID-19, a source familiar with the matter told Business Insider. That employee was not symptomatic while in the office.

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Google is preventing employees from traveling to Iran, as well as to two Italian regions where the virus is spreading, Lombardy and Veneto. From March 2, the company will also ban travel to South Korea and Japan.

The identity and condition of the Google employee who tested positive for the coronavirus is not known at this time.

In a statement, a Google spokesperson said: "We can confirm that one employee from our Zurich office has been diagnosed with the coronavirus. They were in the Zurich office for a limited time, before they had any symptoms. We have taken - and will continue to take - all necessary precautionary measures, following the advice of public health officials, as we prioritize everyone's health and safety."

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