Singapore's DBS evacuates 300 staff after employee contracts coronavirus

Andrew Cummings
February 14, 2020

"This is indeed unfortunate and we will be providing our colleague and his family every support and guidance during this period".

Singapore Bank DBS issued a statement this morning saying that one employee tested positive for the virus yesterday and that as a precautionary measure other staff were asked to vacate its offices and work from home from 12pm.

An email seen by The Straits Times said that there was a confirmed case at the DBS Asia Central office on the 43rd story of Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) Tower 3.

Marina Bay Financial Centre DBS headquarters Singapore Coronavirus
People enter Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3 where DBS headquarters is situated in Singapore on Feb. 12 2020

Employees at the bank told Reuters that other floors were unaffected. The common areas of the building such as lifts and toilets are being deep cleaned and disinfected.

The bank has also announced that with effect from next week, all employees will receive a personal hygiene and protection Care Pack which includes masks, a thermometer, hand sanitiser and vitamin C. This will be in addition to the medical helpline and complimentary services to virtual doctors that are already in place.

Webinars for medical health professionals to update employees on the latest coronavirus developments and to answer medical-related concerns will also be rolled out.

DBS Group Holdings Ltd (星展銀行) said it expects the COVID-19 outbreak to hurt revenue slightly this year as it unveiled steps to alleviate its impact on small businesses and home owners.

Long lines formed this week outside some offices in Singapore's financial district as employers started taking workers' temperatures.

The same internal email said that on Sunday, a confirmed case had also been detected at MBFC Tower 1.

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

Earlier, Singapore increased its disease response alert level to code orange because of heightened risk of the virus.

Building management staff conduct temperature screenings of visitors and tenants of a building in the financial district of Singapore on February 10, 2020.

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