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Alphabet, the holding company that controls Google and the subsidiary companies of the search giant, said last Tuesday (30) that it postponed the opening of offices in the United States due to the increase in cases of covid-19 in some states of the country.
In May, Google had said it would reopen buildings in more cities, with 10% capacity, starting July 6, and rise to 30% in September, if conditions allowed. In the new configuration, the initial opening was rescheduled for September 7.
Katherine Williams, a spokesman for the company, confirmed to Reuters that company executives sent a statement to employees announcing the new date for the return to the offices.
“For all of you who work from home, keep doing this, unless your manager indicates otherwise,” said Chris Rackow, vice president of global security at Google, in the memo. The VP also said that he does not expect to change the orientation, since the virus is still very much alive.
According to Reuters analysis, covid-19 cases in June more than doubled in 14 states, including California, Florida and Texas. Nationally, cases grew by 46% and the number of deaths increased by 21% last month.
On the last day of June, 30 alone, 47 thousand new cases were registered, according to a Reuters count. It was the biggest peak ever recorded since the beginning of the pandemic, which has left 510,000 dead worldwide.