HSBC Hong Kong Staffer in Quarantine Tests Negative for Virus

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(Bloomberg) -- An HSBC Holdings Plc employee in Hong Kong being held in quarantine tested negative for the deadly virus spreading out of mainland China.

The staffer and their nuclear family members all tested negative for the coronavirus, according to an internal memo, confirmed by a company spokeswoman in Hong Kong. The virus has killed more than 1,700 people and infected more than 70,000 in China.

HSBC Hong Kong Staffer in Quarantine Tests Negative for Virus

The family will be moved to a government quarantine center to complete the quarantine period, in line with prevailing government policy, local Chief Executive Officer Diana Cesar said in the memo. Employees who had earlier been requested to stay home due to “close contact” with the individual will remain in self-care in line with the bank’s guidelines, according to the memo.

HSBC, which employs 21,000 people in Hong Kong, on Friday revealed that the employee had been placed under government quarantine after “close contact” with relatives diagnosed with the virus.

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