1,200 Canary Wharf staff told to work from home after second coronavirus case

1,200 Canary Wharf staff told to work from home after second coronavirus case

Hundreds of at a Canary Wharf office have been ordered to work from home after a visitor to the site tested positive for coronavirus.

Over 1,200 staff at commodity pricing agency S&P Global Platts were told to stay away until further notice.

“Platts has a robust business continuity plan to ensure there are no disruptions to our MOC (market-on-close) price assessment process and the essential commodity market intelligence our customers rely on across news and analytics,” a company statement said.

The case is the second such incident in as many days at the London's Canary Wharf financial hub which has remained eerily quiet in recent days.

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Yesterday, HSBC asked around 100 people to work from home after a worker in its research division tested positive for the illness.

"We have been informed that one of our employees at 8 Canada Square has been diagnosed with COVID-19. This colleague is under medical supervision and has self-isolated," the spokeswoman said.

"All staff whose roles allow remote working have been told they can work from home if preferred."

An increasing number of people faced a new reality as many were asked to stay home from work, schools were closed, large gatherings and events cancelled, stores emptied of staples like toiletries and water, and face masks a common sight.

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In New York, meanwhile, JPMorgan divided its team between central locations and a secondary site in New Jersey while Goldman Sachs sent some traders to nearby secondary offices in Greenwich, Connecticut and Jersey City.

Britain has so far registered 115 cases and reported its first death from the coronavirus on Thursday.

There are now over 98,000 coronaviruses cases globally and more than 3,300 people have died.

There are 3,385 virus-linked deaths globally, including over 3,000 in China, 148 in Italy and 107 in Iran.

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