Singapore's largest bank evacuates 300 employees after coronavirus case

Singapore’s DBS Sends 300 Staff Home After One Contracts Coronavirus

It said an employee was tested on February 11 and the bank was informed of the confirmation on Wednesday morning.

Around 300 employees of DBS, Singapore's largest bank, vacated the bank's main office at Marina Bay Financial Centre after one of the employees tested positive for coronavirus. 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.

The third confirmed case is a 62-year-old Singaporean who did not travel to China recently as well.

"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. 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.

All 300 had been working on the same floor, the 43rd, and were sent home on Wednesday. It said staff will also receive a care pack which includes masks, a thermometer, hand sanitiser and vitamin C.

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

A total of 47 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Singapore so far.

It's also implemented: temperature screening at all office buildings; widespread availability of hand sanitisers; health and travel declarations for everyone entering the building; the provision of face masks to all front line employees.

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.

Under the Disease Outbreak Response System Condition, orange is one step below red, which signifies an out-of-control pandemic.

Assuming the outbreak is controlled by the summer, the virus would impact revenue by about 1 to 2 percent, chief executive officer Piyush Gupta said in a presentation yesterday after Singapore's biggest bank posted higher fourth-quarter profit.

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