Published: Fri, February 14, 2020
Markets | By Otis Pena

Evacuated From Singapore Office After Coronavirus Case Confirmed

Evacuated From Singapore Office After Coronavirus Case Confirmed

The employee was tested on Tuesday and his infection was confirmed on Wednesday.

"I regret to inform you that there is one confirmed case of coronavirus at DBS Asia Central on Level 43 today", Singapore country head, Tse Koon Shee said in a memo first reported by Reuters. 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.

"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.

In a statement, DBS says it is carrying out "detailed contact tracing" with everyone who may have come into contact with the man.

The 300 members of staff working on the same floor vacated the premises by noon as a precautionary measure and have been told to work from home for the time being.

Most of the bank's senior executives, including CEO Piyush Gupta, work extremely close by, on floors 45 and 46, and share the same set of elevators as the afflicted individual.

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"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.

Buildings in the area have stepped up preventive measures in recent days, requiring all tenants and guests to undergo a temperature screening before entering and to fill up forms with their contact information and recent travel history.

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

The outbreak has revived memories of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) which killed more than 30 people in Singapore in 2003, and almost 800 worldwide.

Staff are also being given a 'personal hygiene and protection Care Pack, ' including masks, a thermometer, hand sanitiser and vitamin C. The bank is aso rolling out webinars for medical health professionals to update employees on the latest developments on COVID-19 and to answer their medical concerns.

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