Singapore's biggest bank DBS Group Holdings asked 300 staff to leave its head office in the financial district on February 12 and work from home as a precautionary measure after an employee tested positive for coronavirus.
The employee was tested on Tuesday and his infection was confirmed on Wednesday. As a precaution, employees in the affected office space were told to work from home.
The Financial Centre is a premier location within Singapore's downtown banking hub.
As of 12 PM, DBS has evacuated all employees on the affected floor at the Marina Bay Financial Center (MBFC) Tower 3, according to the press statement.The employees will be working from home for the time being.
"I regret to inform you that there is one confirmed case of coronavirus at DBS Asia Central on Level 43 today", DBS Group Executive Tse Koon Shee said in the memo. DBS said that it will provide the employee and his family with support, although details were not shared. All bank employees will receive a "personal hygiene and protection care pack" with effect from next week.
"We, like our customers, are trying to figure out the depth and breadth of this virus and the impact on the airlines", Boeing's vice president for commercial marketing, Randy Tinseth, said at the Singapore Air Show.
"As a precautionary measure, all employees on the affected floor vacated the premises to work from home", DBS said in a statement. As of Tuesday, nine of these have since recovered.
Singapore has reported 47 coronavirus cases, one of the highest tallies outside China, including mounting evidence of local transmission.
Long lines formed this week outside some offices in Singapore's financial district as employers started taking workers' temperatures. Singapore is on an orange alert, second to the unsafe red alert.
The outbreak has revived memories of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) which killed more than 30 people in Singapore in 2003, and almost 800 worldwide.