Coronavirus strikes Canary Wharf in London as Barclays confirms case
A Barclays worker has tested positive for the coronavirus in Canary Wharf – the latest confirmed case in London.
An employee on the ninth floor of the 5 North Colonnade building – which mainly houses Barclays investment bank workers – has been diagnosed with the virus, the bank said in a statement.
The bank has told colleagues who sit near the affected person to self-quarantine.
However, it is keeping the building and the floor open.
News agency Reuters reported the case from a Barclays internal mail, which read: “The colleague has been in self-quarantine since 9 March, following notification of their potential exposure to the virus.”Last week, HSBC evacuated part of its Canary Wharf office after another confirmed case.
A research analyst working for the bank reportedly tested positive.
The company's research department, which is inside a 45-storey skyscraper in Canary Wharf in east London, was cleared and the floor underwent a deep clean.
HSBC said in a statement: "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.
"We are deep-cleaning the floor where our colleague worked and shared areas of the building.
"Colleagues on that floor, and others who came into contact with him, have been advised to work from home.”
An eighth British coronavirus victim was announced today, a 53-year-old woman who died in Bali.
She was “critically ill” before contracting COVID-19, an Indonesian government spokesman has said.
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