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

Darnell Taylor
February 14, 2020

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

People enter Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3 where DBS headquarters is situated in Singapore on February 12, 2020.

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

A deep clean is being carried out and, from next week, all employees will get a personal hygiene and protection care pack containing masks thermometers, hand sanitiser and vitamin C. DBS is also preparing webinars for medical health professionals to update their employees on the latest developments on COVID-19 and answer any medical-related concerns that they might have.

Long lines had formed this week to enter some offices in the financial district as employers started screening workers for temperature.

Hand sanitisers are available on every floor, and front-line staff have been given face masks.

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DBS Group Holdings Ltd (星展銀行) said it expects the COVID-19 outbreak to hurt revenue slightly this year as it unveiled steps to alleviate its impact on small businesses and home owners.

"I regret to inform you that there is one confirmed case of coronavirus at DBS Asia Central on Level 43 today", Singapore country head, Tse Koon Shee said in a memo first reported by Reuters. It is unclear if the DBS employee is a new case or part of the 47 already announced.

Singapore raised its "Disease Outbreak Response System Condition" to orange last week - which means the disease is severe and spreads easily from person to person.

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.

Visitors pass through a thermal scanner as they arrive the Singapore Air Show on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Singapore.

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