CORONAVIRUS: South Africa confirms first positive test

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Amazon confirmed Tuesday that an employee who works in the Internet giant's home city of Seattle had been quarantined after testing positive for the new coronavirus.

Earlier this week, Amazon reported that one of its Seattle-based employees has tested positive for the deadly virus. Facebook is closing its Seattle office until Monday. The company will limit nonessential travel within the United States and cancel warehouse tours, while some job interviews are being conducted remotely rather than via face-to-face.

The coronavirus outbreak has hit the tech industry especially hard.

There have been school closures, while emergency services who have transported those who are infected are now in quarantine.

Almost 3,200 people have died from the virus, which first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December.

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The guidance came the same day the company alerted workers that an employee in the area had tested positive for COVID-19, but Amazon said that person had not come to work since starting to feel sick. This has made Seattle health authorities to request companies to request their employees to work from home in a bid to contain coronavirus. That employee left work on February 25 and has not returned.

The National Institute for Communicable Disease assured South Africans that positive identification of the COVID-19 case was a health system success, as it did what it was created to do: detect and rapidly identify cases. Both have been quarantined, a company representative said.

Microsoft said two employees, one working out of its main Redmond, Washington campus and a second, a remote LinkedIn worker, have contracted Covid-19.

Washington state health officials have reported 9 deaths due to COVID-19 through Wednesday, with 27 cases confirmed in the state.

More than 90,000 people have been infected and over 3,000 killed worldwide since the virus first emerged in China in December.

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