DBS Evacuates Staff as Covid-19 Case Detected

A static model of a Mitsubishi Aircraft Spacejet sits on display at the Singapore Airshow on Tuesday Feb. 11 2020 in Singapore. AP

About 300 employees from the 43rd floor of the Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3 were reportedly told to work from home soon after the bank received confirmation of the virus.

"During this hard time, the bank will be providing this employee and his family with every support and guidance", DBS said, according to the BBC.

"DBS confirms today that one employee has been infected with the novel coronavirus", the bank said in a statement. The DBS said it was conducting contact tracing with all employees and other people the infected person may have come into contact with.

The DBS employee and his family were being given health support. The affected office space, along with the common areas such as lifts, toilets are also being deep cleaned and disinfected in accordance with the Ministry of Health guidelines.

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.

A 62 year-old male employee tested positive for the virus on Tuesday, prompting DBS to send home everyone who had been working on the same floor as him.

Care packs with thermometers, masks and hand sanitisers were given to the evacuated employees and the bank said a medical helpline was already in place.

It has also implemented other precautionary measures and activated business continuity plans, in line with a recent MAS advisory.

Singapore has now reported 47 cases of the deadly coronavirus, becoming one of the highest tallies outside China, the epicentre of the outbreak.

Singapore raised its disease outbreak response level to orange last Friday as the coronavirus spread further within the country, with more new cases of unknown origin found. Singapore is on an orange alert, second to the unsafe red alert.

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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