A Bank of America employee in Singapore has been “positively diagnosed with the coronavirus”, according to an internal staff email seen by eFinancialCareers. A spokesperson for BoA in Asia declined to comment on the memo, which we understand to have been sent in the past few days.
The bank has taken “immediate steps to support employees” in its OUE Bayfront office at 50 Collyer Quay, according to the email, which did not detail the measures.
“These employees include one teammate who alerted us that they have been positively diagnosed with the coronavirus, as well as the limited number of other employees who have been in close contact with this teammate,” says the email.
The diagnosed Bank of America employee has not been in the office since Monday 16 March and was not in the office the previous week.
BoA told staff that it is providing the employee with “full support, care and resources” via its Life Events Services team (an HR unit which helps employees navigate through complex and challenging events).
The bank understands that the employee is “doing fine”, according to the email.
As of today, there are 509 Covid-19 cases in Singapore (including 152 recoveries), but few of these have been in the finance sector. In February DBS evacuated 300 employees from Tower 3 of the Marina Bay Finance Centre, after an employee tested positive for coronavirus.
Singapore has fewer virus cases – both in total and per head of population – than Western countries with large financial hubs (including the US, UK, France, Germany and Switzerland). But the government has warned against complacency as imported cases continue to rise. Recent measures to stem the spread of the virus include a ban on short-term visitors entering or transiting through Singapore.
Finance professionals in the Republic tell us they are generally supportive of preventive measures taken by banks and the government – such as twice daily temperature checks in the office – which were put in place back in early February.
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