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Sony Pictures Closes Offices in London, Paris and Poland Over Coronavirus Concerns

A spokesperson says there were no confirmed cases but that the offices are closed ”out of an abundance of caution“

Sony Pictures Entertainment has closed three of its European offices for the rest of the week as a precautionary measure after a fear that one of the company’s employees may have been exposed to coronavirus.

A spokesperson for Sony told TheWrap that the London, Paris and Gdynia, Poland, offices would be closed for the remainder of the week after a London employee traveled to an affected area. While no confirmed cases of the cirus have been reported, the spokesperson said, the offices will be closed “out of an abundance of caution.”

Employees in the three closed buildings will be allowed to work from home, and all other Sony offices in Europe remain open, as the move is “purely a precautionary measure,” the spokesperson said.

“The health and well-being of our employees is of the utmost importance. We thought it was important to share with you that one of our London employees may have been exposed to coronavirus COVID-19 given recent travels to an affected area. Out of an abundance of caution, the London, Paris and Gdynia offices will be closed for the remainder of the week, and employees should work from home,” according to an internal memo sent to staff .

The number of coronavirus cases in the U.K. jumped to 85 on Wednesday, a rise of 34 cases in just a day, according to the BBC. There have been at least three cases of the virus being contracted in the U.K. with no clear indication as to how it was transmitted.

Over 94,000 strains of COVID-19 have been reported, and 3,221 people have died from the disease. More than 51,000 others have contracted the virus and recovered.

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