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  • Amazon has instructed its 798,000 employees to avoid "non-essential travel" – both within the US and internationally – due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak, a spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider.
  • Earlier, The New York Times reported that Amazon had told its worldwide operations team not to arrange any meetings requiring travel until at least April, the report said.
  • Amazon had already restricted employee travel to China and has been frantically trying to address potential inventory shortages.
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Amazon told all 798,000 of its employees on Friday to avoid "non-essential travel" – both within the US and internationally – due to concerns about the coronavirus disease, Covid-19, a spokesperson for the company confirmed to Business Insider.

Earlier on Friday, The New York Times reported that employees on Amazon's worldwide operations team, which oversees much of the company's technology and logistics globally, were given the travel guidance, due to concerns of exposure to Covid-19.

Amazon's senior vice president in charge of the team, Dave Clark, told employees in an email not to plan any meetings requiring travel until at least April, when the company hoped to have a better sense of the spread of Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, the report said.

Amazon has already told employees not to travel to China and told workers who have been to the region to from home for two weeks upon returning and to seek medical attention if they show symptoms. The company has also been working frantically to stock up on inventory as concerns grow about how its supply chain could be affected.

On Thursday Facebook announced the cancellation of its giant annual F8 software developer conference, due to fears about the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

Also on Friday the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, due to start next week, was cancelled, after the Swiss government banned large gatherings.

Meanwhile a long list of major international sporting events have been cancelled or moved, or are subject to current discussions about their fates.

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