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 - Assam Lockdown Guidelines: Shops to Close at 11 AM, No Vehicular Movement After 12 PM | Full List of Fresh Restrictions Here
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 - 12 Arrested For Putting Posters Across Delhi Criticising PM Modi Over Vaccines
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 - Delhi Lockdown Likely To Be Extended Till May 24, Metro Services To Remain Shut: Report
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?