Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey is reconsidering plans to spend part of the year in Africa in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
Mr Dorsey had in November 2019 announced plans to move to the continent for up to six months this year.
He had not said in which country he would be based, but there was speculation that it could be Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria or South Africa – the countries he visited during last year’s month-long trip.
On Thursday Mr Dorsey told the Morgan Stanley conference in California that he would reconsider the idea. He cited the coronavirus outbreak.
So far 27 cases have been confirmed across Africa in Nigeria, South Africa, Senegal, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt.
California, the state where Twitter’s HQ is based, declared a state of emergency on Thursday after announcing its first coronavirus death, bringing the US death toll from the disease to 11.
Mr Dorsey said he made a mistake tweeting about the planned trip without proper context.
When I tweeted about my intention to spend a few months in Africa this year, I made a mistake and should have provided more context about why.
— Twitter Investor Relations (@TwitterIR) March 5, 2020