In an attempt to respect those who are fighting COVID-19 all across the world, Google has decided to stay away from celebrating the April Fools’ Day this year. A report in Business Insider reveals that Google is not going to follow its tradition of the April Fools’ pranks this year following the novel coronavirus that has infected nearly 6 lakh people worldwide with over 27,000 deaths reported so far. In India, there are over 850 confirmed cases of COVID-19 so far with 20 deaths. Also Read - 'Community Transmission Already Well-established...': ICMR Experts, Others Criticise Govt's Handling of COVID-19
The report in Business Insider mentions an internal email that reads, “Google will take the year off from that tradition out of respect for all those fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Our highest goal right now is to be helpful to people, so let’s save the jokes for next April, which will undoubtedly be a whole lot brighter than this one.” Also Read - UK Government Gives Green Light to Sport Behind Close Doors From June 1
The email was sent out from Google’s head of marketing Lorraine Twohill who also said that while the bigger plans have been squashed, there might still be some small level planning done by the employees which will not take place – internally or externally. Also Read - Fresh 20 Containment Zones Formed in Delhi in Last 24 Hours, Total Count Rises to 122 - Full List Here
With the US now being worst hit by the coronavirus, seems like other big companies, too, are to follow its footsteps. What do you think of this decision and what are your plans for the April Fools’ Day on the 1st of April?