Coronavirus: UK company tells 1,000 employees to work from home over outbreak fears

Staff at a central London office have been told to work from home as a ‘precaution’ amid the coronavirus outbreak after an employee returned from a trip abroad with ‘flu-like’ symptoms.

Reports say OMD staff were sent home ‘immediately’ today from one of OMD UK’s central London offices after an employee returned from a trip to Australia and Singapore and began feeling unwell.

Bosses at the media agency based in Fitzrovia, where more than 1,000 employees are said to work, told staff they could work from home until the test results came back.

A spokesperson from Omnicom Media Group UK told Metro employees were working from home as  “precautionary measure” while the worker awaits results.

A spokesperson said: “Earlier today, we became aware of an employee showing flu like symptoms, who had returned a few days ago from a trip to Australia with a flight connection through Singapore.

“As a precautionary measure, and until definitive results of the employee’s coronavirus test is confirmed, we are asking OMD employees at our Fitzrovia offices to immediately work from home.

“OMD UK employees have been informed that, whilst the risk of the test being positive is minimal, every precaution is being taken to protect their health and wellbeing.

a person sitting on a bus: A woman wears a facemask on the London Underground amid concerns over the novel coronavirus outbreak© PA A woman wears a facemask on the London Underground amid concerns over the novel coronavirus outbreak“We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the guidance provided from the Government and expect to reopen these offices on Monday pending the results.”

It came on the same day more than 300 workers were sent home from an office block in Canary Wharf, in the capital’s east, after an employee showed symptoms similar to the coronavirus, officially named Covid-19.

Chevron Corp asked about 300 employees to work temporarily from home after the worker returned from an affected country with a flu-like illness.


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