Singapore bank DBS evacuates 300 staff after coronavirus case surfaces - memo

Singapore bank DBS evacuates 300 staff after coronavirus case surfaces - memo

Singapore bank DBS evacuates 300 staff after coronavirus case surfaces - memo

DBS on Wednesday confirmed that one employee has been infected with the novel coronavirus at the bank's Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) office.

All 300 had been working on the same floor, the 43rd, and were sent home on Wednesday.

Singapore has reported 47 coronavirus cases, one of the highest tallies outside China, including mounting evidence of local transmission.

The employee was reportedly tested for the virus on Tuesday, with the confirmation coming the same day as the evacuation.

"During this hard time, the bank will be providing this employee and his family with every support and guidance", DBS said, according to the BBC.

Contact tracing is being done to verify who had been exposed to the affected employee.

The affected office space, as well as common areas such as lifts and toilets, are being deep cleaned and disinfected in accordance with Ministry of Health guidelines.

Care packs with thermometers, masks and hand sanitisers were given to the evacuated employees and the bank said a medical helpline was already in place.

As a effect, all companies and many public spaces have started scanning employees and visitors for temperature.

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