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: It has been reported that an Apple employee at the tech giant's European headquarters in the city of Cork has tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, the firm said late Tuesday, while many more staff are suspected of contracting the virus.
Apple said in a statement, "One of our employees in Cork has been confirmed to have COVID-19. We are closely coordinating with the local health authorities who feel there is risk to others, and the individual remains in self-isolation."
"We have ceased operations for a while as a precaution, we have asked some of our team members to stay at home while we work with the Health and Safety Executive to assess the situation."
The company said a deep cleaning programme at all of its offices and stores would continue and it "will take all necessary precautions in accordance with guidance from health authorities".
It is said that Apple, which has maintained offices in Ireland since the 1980s, employs around 6,000 people in Cork, the country's second-largest city for technical and IT matters.
To date, Ireland currently has 24 cases of COVID-19 according to department of health figures updated Monday night.
There have been no fatalities from the coronavirus in the Republic, but the government and health service is bracing for further outbreaks.
A few days ago, thousands of staff at Google's European headquarters in Dublin were told to stay away from office after one employee reported flu-like symptoms.
Prime Minister Leo Varadkar announced on Monday that annual parades scheduled for the St Patrick's Day festival on March 17 would be cancelled owing to the coronavirus.
The premier warned at a press conference, "There's a lot about this coronavirus that we don't yet know, but it is possible that we're facing events that are unprecedented in modern times."
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