FACEBOOK has evacuated its London office after a worker tested positive for coronavirus.

The social media giant has told staff to work from home after the stricken employee visited the office from Singapore last month.

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Staff who may have had direct contact with the man are being asked to self-isolate, Sky News reports.

Facebook is also reaching out to employees based in other offices that visited London over the past few days to warn them.

The company said in a statement: "An employee based in our Singapore office who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 visited our London offices 24-26 February 2020.

"We are therefore closing our London offices until Monday for deep cleaning and employees are working from home until then."

It comes after Facebook was forced to close its headquarters in Seattle this week after a staff member tested positive for the disease.

The deadly bug is spreading at its fastest rate yet as a total of 47 people tested positive in the last 24 hours – with the total number of cases across the UK jumping to 163.

A second patient, aged in his 80s, is now feared to have died from the killer bug at a hospital in Milton Keynes.

Yesterday, a 75-year-old British woman became the first patient to die in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus.

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