IOC tells staff to work from home and closes Olympic Museum

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From Inside the Games

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has told all of its staff in Lausanne to work from home because of fears over the coronavirus pandemic.

The IOC said staff at its Olympic House headquarters, home to more than 500 employees, will work at home from tomorrow “until further notice, with the exception of some essential functions”.

Concern over the spread of the COVID-19 virus has also prompted the IOC to close the Olympic Museum for two weeks.

Switzerland has reported 1,375 cases and 14 deaths from the virus, which has reached more than 130 countries worldwide.

The Swiss Government has banned events involving more than 50 people in Vaud, the Canton where Lausanne is located, until the end of April in a bid to curb the spread of the virus.

It came as part of a series of sweeping measures in Switzerland, which has also closed schools throughout the country.

Switzerland borders northern Italy, the area in Europe impacted the worst by the coronavirus pandemic.

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