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China's tech leaders turn to telework as coronavirus spreads

Tencent, Alibaba and Baidu tell employees to work from home after Lunar New Year

Employees at Alibaba's headquarters in Hangzhou, China: The tech giant has told staff to work from home as a preventive measure against the coronavirus.   © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- China's biggest tech companies have ordered employees to work from home, looking to limit the spread of the new coronavirus as many staffers return from Lunar New Year holiday travel.

Chat giant Tencent Holdings told workers through an internal instant message that they should telecommute during the week of Feb. 3-7. Employees tentatively are scheduled to come back to their offices Feb. 10.

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