Goldman Sachs has closed two floors in Hong Kong’s Cheung Kong Center office and asked the employees there to work from home after one of them was suspected of having coronavirus (Covid-19).
The employee, suspected of being a “highly probable” Covid-19 case, is part of the bank’s Investment Banking Division (IBD) and worked on the 60th floor of the office.
The employee has not recently travelled and is not having any serious symptoms, noted the bank.
As a precautionary measure, the person is undergoing tests and started self-quarantining from the 17th of this month.
The bank will work with the Hong Kong Health Department to identify the people who have come into contact with the aforesaid employee.
These people will also be asked to self-quarantine for a 14-day period and need Wellness clearance prior to rejoining.
Moreover, the 60th and 67th floors along with common areas of the office will be sanitised.
The bank also advised its employees to make phone or video calls instead of face-to-face interactions as well as defer non-essential meetings including seminars and training.
The pandemic has claimed over 10,000 so far. The number of infected people has reached 244,000.
The outbreak has led to market turbulence, affecting the financial services sector.
A month ago, Singaporean lender DBS evacuated 300 employees after one of them tested positive for Covid-19.
Earlier this month, HSBC sent over 100 employees home after a worker from the research department contracted coronavirus.
Various major banks, from HSBC to Standard Chartered to UOB, recently shuttered branches in China, Hong Kong, and Macau, due to the pandemic.
JPMorgan decided to close over 1,000 US bank branches temporarily due to Covid-19.
Banks such as JPMorgan and Citigroup are now encouraging digital channels to prevent the spread of the pandemic.
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Shaktikanta Das also urged customers to increase the use of digital banking facilities.