By George Day • 05 March 2020 • 13:05
HSBC has evacuated part of its Canary Wharf office block following a coronavirus scare, according to reports.
The bank cleared out its entire research department and parts of the trading floor after a research analyst was believed to have contracted the virus.
HSBC employs around 40,000 in the UK, with roughly a quarter of those based in the Canary Wharf skyscraper.
It is believed that the worker in question has recently returned from a trip to Asia. People that are returning from effected areas have been encouraged to self-quarantine.
As of Thursday morning, 90 people have been tested and confirmed for Coronavirus in the UK. The total number is expected to continue to rise every few hours.
England’s chief medical officer earlier announced that the UK has now mainly moved into the ‘delay’ phase of tackling coronavirus.
Professor Chris Whitty has said community transmission
between people who had no connections to overseas cases or returning travellers is now ‘highly likely.’
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