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DBS evacuates 300 staff after employee gets coronavirus

Bank closes office after employee found infected with COVID-19 Singapore's largest bank evacuates 300 employees after coronavirus case: report
Conrad Doyle | 14 February, 2020, 10:57

DBS also said, "The health and well-being of our staff are a top priority for us, and we will lend them every support to get through these uncertain times". DBS said an employee was tested on February 11 and the bank was informed of the confirmation of coronavirus on Wednesday morning.

Singapore's biggest bank DBS evacuated 300 staff from Tower 3 of Singapore's Marina Bay Finance Centre, after an employee tested positive for coronavirus.

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.

A total of 300 staff members at level 43 of the Marina Bay Financial Centre have been "evacuated" as a precautionary measure and will work from home, the bank told staff members in an internal memo, reported Channel News Asia citing the memo.

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

"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, " the bank said.

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

DBS said it has activated business continuity plans, with employees working from home or from split sites. It said staff will also receive a care pack which includes face masks, a thermometer, hand sanitizer, and vitamin C.

Long lines had formed this week to enter some offices in the financial district as employers started screening workers for temperature.

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

Under the Disease Outbreak Response System Condition, orange is one step below red, which signifies an out-of-control pandemic. Ever since the outbreak on December 31, 2019, over 43,000 people have been infected by the virus that has now spread to more than two dozen countries.

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