Coronavirus: Singapore bank evacuated after worker falls ill

Bank closes office after employee found infected with COVID-19

Bank closes office after employee found infected with COVID-19

Leading Singaporean multinational bank DBS bank on Wednesday cleared its downtown office and told some 300 employees to work from home after one of its staff was infected with the Coronavirus. Among the popular places from where coronavirus cases have been reported is the Resorts World Sentosa Casino, where one case is a Bangladeshi worker, according to media reports. The government has been trying to calm nerves after it raised the virus alert level last week, sparking panic buying of essentials such as rice and toilet paper.

The infected employee was tested on Tuesday and the bank was informed of the confirmation on Wednesday morning, the DBS bank said in a statement.

"We are also now conducting detailed contact tracing with all employees and other parties that the infected employee may have come into contact with", DBS said.

DBS is also conducting contact tracing with all employees and other parties which the infected employee may have come into contact with.

The bank is also conducting other precautionary measures, including temperature screening at all office buildings; Higher frequency in the cleaning and disinfection of their premises; making available hand sanitisers on every floor of their premises; equiring visitors to sign a health and travel history declaration forms prior to entering our premises; and providing face masks to all front-line colleagues.

Some companies, including DBS, are cancelling physical results briefings and holding them via webcasts and teleconferences instead.

The outbreak has revived memories of the 2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome which killed over 30 people in Singapore, and almost 800 worldwide.

A deep clean is being carried out and, from next week, all employees will get a personal hygiene and protection care pack containing masks thermometers, hand sanitiser and vitamin C.

"As a precautionary measure, all employees on the affected floor vacated the premises to work from home", DBS said in a statement.

DBS shares were up 1.2% in afternoon trade on Wednesday, while the broader market .STI was up 1.3%.

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