February 27, 2020 / 4:25 PM / a month ago

UPDATE 1-Cargill bans international travel for staff amid coronavirus outbreak

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Feb 27 (Reuters) - International grains trader and processor Cargill Inc has banned all non-essential travel for its employees for the next two weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak, company spokeswoman April Nelson told Reuters on Thursday.

Cargill, the largest private U.S. company, said any essential international travel would need approval from a member of the company’s executive team.

The company has also asked that employees that have traveled to outbreak areas in China and Italy work from home for the next two weeks as a precaution, Nelson said.

None of the company’s employees has been confirmed to have the virus, she said.

The coronavirus outbreak, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, has infected about 80,000 people, killed more than 2,700 and spread to another 44 countries.

“This is in the interest of our employees and out of an abundance of caution. We are trying to do our part to limit the spread of coronavirus,” Nelson said.

The travel ban does not impact domestic travel by staff, she said. (Reporting by Karl Plume in Chicago, Editing by Franklin Paul and Nick Zieminski)

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