Singapore's largest bank evacuates office after coronavirus infection

Bank closes office after employee found infected with COVID-19

Bank closes office after employee found infected with COVID-19

The coronavirus epidemic, which has already claimed more than 1,300 lives in China, and infected hundreds in dozens of other countries, has rattled financial markets and raised concerns about its impact on global economic growth. DBS said an employee was tested on February 11 and the bank was informed of the confirmation of coronavirus on Wednesday morning. A DBS staff member who works on the 13th floor said he has not heard about whether other floors have been evacuated like level 43 yet, as most of the departments have their own split operations protocol.

DBS said in a statement it was informed on Wednesday morning that an employee was confirmed to be infected and that as a precautionary measure it told all staff working on the same floor to work from home.

As a outcome, all companies and many public spaces have started scanning employees and visitors for temperature. Warnings by building management of cases in some downtown office buildings have also been widely shared on social media.

Visitors pass through a thermal scanner as they arrive the Singapore Air Show on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Singapore.

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Some companies, including DBS, are cancelling physical results briefings and choosing to hold them via teleconference. The government has also cautioned people against shaking hands as a form of greeting.

"With effect from now, all employees will receive personal hygiene and protection "Care Pack", which include masks, a thermometer, hand sanitiser and vitamin C, " it said.

THE Monetary Authority of Singapore on Friday said the relief support announced by banks thus far to support customers affected by the ongoing 2019 novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, are in line with guidelines on corporate debt restructuring by the Association of Banks in Singapore.

The bank's investment in boosting its digital capabilities means there is "minimal service disruption at this point in time" as its bankers are well-equipped to work from home amid continued appetite in the market, he said, noting a deal closed just yesterday.

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