Google reportedly sent its Bangalore office employees home to work remotely after a worker there tested positive for COVID-19 and was put in quarantine

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Google Bangalore employees have been told to work remotely.

An employee in Google's office in Bangalore, India, has tested positive for the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, and has been placed in quarantine, CNBC reported on Thursday.Advertisement

Google, as well as the property managers of other buildings in the surrounding office park, instructed employees there to go home immediately and continue working remotely, according to CNBC.

In an email to employees, Google said the individual had contracted the disease while traveling overseas and had been in the office Monday, but was initially asymptomatic and had passed temperature screenings, CNBC reported.

The earliest known case of a Googler testing positive for COVID-19 was first reported at the end of February by Business Insider. Shortly after, the company restricted all international employee travel in an effort to slow the spread of the virus, also first reported by Business Insider.

Earlier this week, Google advised all employees based in North America that they should work from home if possible, joining other companies in taking more aggressive measures to protect employees and communities as the outbreak worsens.

Google did not immediately return a request for comment.Get the latest Google stock price here.Advertisement