January 22, 2020 / 2:33 AM / a month ago

Foxconn's Gou advises employees not to visit China over holiday

FILE PHOTO: Foxconn Technology Group founder Terry Gou attends a news conference before leaving for the United States, at Taipei Songshan Airport in Taiwan, December 3, 2019. REUTERS/Ben Blanchard

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Terry Gou, the billionaire founder of Apple supplier Foxconn, said on Wednesday he was advising company employees not to visit China over the coming Lunar New Year holiday, amid concerns over a new coronavirus.

“The speed of contagion will be no less than SARS,” Gou said at the company’s Lunar New Year party. “I advise everyone not to go to the mainland for this coming New Year holiday.”

Reporting by Yimou Lee; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Tom Hogue

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