SINGAPORE – The largest bank in Singapore has evacuated 300 of its employees after one fell ill with the coronavirus.
They were all working on the 43rd floor of the bank and were sent home on Wednesday.
The employee of the DBS bank was tested on Tuesday and he was confirmed with coronavirus on Wednesday.
Singapore had previously reported 47 cases of the new virus, one of the highest tallies outside China, according to the BBC.
“As a precautionary measure, all employees on the affected floor vacated the premises to work from home,” the bank said in a statement.
It stated, “During this difficult time, the bank will be providing this employee and his family with every support and guidance.”
Common areas of the Marina Bay Financial Centre are being deep cleaned and disinfected.
Care packs were also given to the evacuated employees and the bank stated that medical helpline was in place, the BBC reported.
Last week Singapore raised its “Disease Outbreak Response System Condition” to orange which means the disease is severe and spreads easily from person to person.
This resulted in all companies scanning employees and visitors for their temperature.