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Wed Feb 26, 2020, 08:15 AM

(UK) Canary Wharf offices in lockdown after worker suffers coronavirus symptoms

https://metro.co.uk/2020/02/26/canary-wharf-offices-lockdown-worker-suffers-coronavirus-symptoms-12306334/

Sam Corbishley

Wednesday 26 Feb 2020 11:14 am

Hundreds of staff were sent home after an office at London’s Canary Wharf was locked down over coronavirus fears.

American oil firm Chevron advised its 300-strong work force to work remotely after an employee reported flu symptoms on their return from a country infected by the deadly bug.

They were sent for testing and the company told staff not to return to work until the results are known.

In a statement, a company spokesperson said: ‘Chevron continues to monitor the situation very closely, utilizing the guidance of international and local health authorities. Our primary concern is the health and safety of our employees and we are taking precautionary measures to reduce their risk of exposure.’

The news comes as Public Health England warned thousands of patients reporting flu-like symptoms will be screened for the infection in an effort to ward off a similar surge in cases to that seen in Italy where cases jumped almost 50 per cent in 24 hours to 322 and deaths rose to 11.

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Panic, or prudence?

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