More than 60 percent of Chinese companies in major cities have been closed since the Jan. 25 holiday, the South China Morning Post reported, citing statistics from Chinese tech company Baidu. Instead, businesses have been letting employees work from home.
The office closures have continued since most of China’s provinces and other regional leaders told businesses to stay closed through at least Feb. 10, according to the report.
With so many people working from home, web searches for “telecommuting” increased 6.25 times over the past three weeks, the Post reported from Baidu’s data.
Chinese officials said the number of new cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in the country has slowed, and some companies have reopened their offices, according to the report.