COVID-19 roundup: Alphabet doubles down on WFH

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during the keynote address of the Google I/O conference in Mountain View, Calif., in May 2019. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File

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It’s day 139 since Canada’s 100th coronavirus case. The number of cases is 114,181 as of publication time, up 270 since yesterday—a 39 per cent decrease from the seven-day prior average of 442 new cases. At its peak on May 3, the seven-day average was 1,603 new cases a day. 

Vietnam is evacuating 80,000 people from the central city of Danang after three coronavirus cases were detected—the first to be recorded in the country in 100 days.

Hey Google, find me an ergonomic chair: Alphabet staff won’t have to return to their offices en masse until at least July 2021, CEO Sundar Pichai said in a Monday memo. Outposts in 42 countries have already reopened, but in other places, like its Mountain View, Calif. headquarters, the company was forced to postpone an early July back-to-your-desks day to September as local COVID-19 caseloads rose.

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