8,000 Google employees in Dublin told to work from home due to coronavirus fears

8,000 Google employees in Dublin told to work from home due to coronavirus fears

UP to 8,000 staff members working at Google's Dublin headquarters have been told to work from home today while an employee is tested for coronavirus.

It's understood that the employee had displayed flu-like symptoms and the entire office was told to stay home as a precaution.

Despite the fears, there's no confirmation as of yet whether the worker's symptoms are related to Covid-19.

Google however insist that the decision to ask their 8,000 staff members to stay home was to "test" their ability to work remotely.

"We continue to take precautionary measures to protect the health and safety of our workforce, and as part of that effort we have asked our Dublin teams to work from home tomorrow," a Google spokesperson said on Monday.

A general view outside the Google European headquarters, Dublin

"This is not the first Google office we have closed for a day or more - we have been doing this for some time now as we prioritise worker safety and manage a dynamic situation," the source added.

This follows on from Ireland's first case of coronavirus being confirmed on Saturday.

A secondary school pupil in Dublin is understood to have contracted the virus, leading the school to shut its doors and ask students and staff to self-isolate for two weeks.

Sinn Fein party leader Mary Lou McDonald revealed on Monday that her children attended the school in question, and as such, she would be participating in the self-isolation alongside her kids.

Health Minister Simon Harris said last week that the country is expecting a number of new cases to be confirmed in the coming days and weeks, but insists that the government are well prepared to deal with any such outbreak.