Singapore Bank DBS issued a statement this morning saying that one employee tested positive for the virus yesterday and that as a precautionary measure other staff were asked to vacate its offices and work from home from 12pm.
The total number of coronavirus cases in Singapore is now at 47 as of Tuesday's update from the Ministry of Health. Singapore's government has been reportedly trying to calm nerves after it had raised the virus alert last week which also sparked the panic buying of essentials such as rice and toilet paper.
The clarification comes after DBS told 300 employees to leave level of the Marina Bay Financial Centre following confirmation of an infection. The statement did not say how many staff were impacted.
An email seen by The Straits Times said that there was a confirmed case at the DBS Asia Central office on the 43rd story of Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) Tower 3.More news: Samsung unveils its new foldable Galaxy Z phone
DBS also said, "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".
DBS said "during this hard time, the bank will be providing this employee and his family with every support and guidance". Warnings by building management of cases in some downtown office buildings have also been widely shared on social media.
Some companies, including DBS, are cancelling physical results briefings and holding them via webcasts and teleconferences instead. The government has cautioned people against shaking hands as a form of greeting.
The outbreak has revived memories of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome which killed more than 30 people in Singapore in 2003, and almost 800 worldwide.More news: NMC Health: short-seller says offers "hard to believe"
The bank has also announced that with effect from next week, all employees will receive a personal hygiene and protection Care Pack which includes masks, a thermometer, hand sanitiser and vitamin C. This will be in addition to the medical helpline and complimentary services to virtual doctors that are already in place.
The bank has also put in place plans for employees to work from home or from split sites "to ensure minimal disruption to operations".
DBS shares were up 1.2% in afternoon trade on Wednesday, while the broader market .STI was up 1.3%.More news: 2 dolphins found shot, stabbed off Florida coast