300 evacuated from DBS HQ after coronavirus case detected


  • Singapore
  • Thursday, 13 Feb 2020

SINGAPORE: About 300 DBS employees vacated their office at Marina Bay Financial Centre, after an employee was confirmed to be infected with Covid-19 (novel coronavirus).

In an email sent out yesterday said there was a confirmed case at the DBS Asia Central office on the 43rd storey of Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3.

A DBS spokesperson said the employee was tested on Tuesday and the bank was informed of the confirmation yesterday morning.

The 300 members of staff working on the same floor vacated the premises by 12pm as a precautionary measure and have been told to work from home for the time being.

A DBS staff member who works on the 13th floor said he has not heard whether other floors have been evacuated like level 43 yet, as most of the departments have their own split operations protocol.

Contact tracing is currently being conducted with all employees and others the infected employee may have come into contact with.

The affected office premises, including common areas like lift lobbies and toilets, are also being cleaned and disinfected in accordance with the Health Ministry’s guidelines.“The health and well-being of our staff are a top priority for us, and we will lend them every support to get through these uncertain times,” said the spokesperson.

From next week, all employees will receive a personal hygiene and protection care pack including masks, a thermometer, hand sanitiser and vitamin C.

Webinars for medical health professionals to update employees on the latest Covid-19 developments and to answer medical-related concerns will also be rolled out.

A medical helpline and access to virtual doctors are already in place.

In response to Singapore’s disease outbreak response being moved to orange, DBS said all its office buildings had put in place temperature screening and visitors are required to sign a health and travel history declaration form prior to entering its premises. — The Straits Times/ANN

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