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Baker McKenzie’s London office reopens after employee tests negative for coronavirus

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Sent staff home on Thursday

The London office of Baker McKenzie has reopened following concerns about a potential outbreak of coronavirus.

Last week the global outfit shuttered its City HQ as a “precautionary measure” when an employee had become unwell after recently returning to the UK from northern Italy.

A spokesperson for Bakers said:

“We’re delighted to confirm that our employee has tested negative for the COVID-19 virus and our London office has re-opened today. Our priority is the health and wellbeing of our people and our clients, and we took these pre-emptive measures out of an abundance of caution.”

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The update follows the news that magic circle outfit Linklaters was asking all staff returning from affected regions, either for work or leisure, to work from home for a full 14 days.

The highly-infectious disease — which is said to have originated in Wuhan, China — has resulted in over 3,000 deaths from over 88,000 cases worldwide. The total number of UK cases stands at 36.

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