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Facebook closes its London office after a coronavirus employee from Singapore has been visited

Facebook closes its London office after a coronavirus employee from Singapore has been visited

  • The social network confirmed that the staff had told them to work at home
  • Comes after S&P Global Platts was sent home after visitors were diagnosed with virus
  • Fund owner Greg Coffey told Knightsbridge staff to get taxis instead of tubes
  • Financial Conduct Authority said that companies must have plans

Facebook closed its London offices after a coronavirus employee was diagnosed.

The social network confirmed that today the staff had told them to work from home after the employee had tested positive for Covid-19.

The company said the employee was normally based in Singapore, but had visited the company’s offices in Fitzrovia, central London, last month.

A social network spokesperson said, “An employee at our Singapore office who was diagnosed with Covid-19 visited our offices in London on February 24-26, 2020.

“We will therefore close our offices in London until Monday for deep cleaning and employees will work from home until then.”

The company said the employee was normally in Singapore, but had visited the company's offices in Fitzrovia, central London (photo) last month

The company said the employee was normally in Singapore, but had visited the company’s offices in Fitzrovia, central London (photo) last month

There are now 90 confirmed coronavirus cases in Great Britain after three were confirmed this morning in Scotland

It comes when employees in the financial district of London are sent home while the corona virus continues to rock the industry with one company that forbids its employees to use the tube to enter the office.

More than 1200 employees of the American S&P Global Platts group were sent home yesterday afternoon after it was discovered that a visitor to the Canary Wharf site had been diagnosed with Covid-19.

It is because HSBC also told 100 employees not to come in after one of his employees tested positive for the disease.

With many financial employees based in Canary Wharf, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has now said that all companies must have emergency plans.

S&P Global Platts

S&P Global Platts

HSBC building

HSBC building

More than 1,200 employees of the American group S&P Global Platts (office building on the left) were sent home, as well as employees of the 10th floor of HSBC (right)

Greg Coffey (pictured above) is said to have told employees at his Knightsbridge office to get a taxi to work

Greg Coffey (pictured above) is said to have told employees at his Knightsbridge office to get a taxi to work

Greg Coffey (pictured above) is said to have told employees at his Knightsbridge office to get a taxi to work

According to the Telegraph, hedge fund manager Greg Coffey also told employees that he would pay their taxis to and from the office in an attempt to stop them catching the virus.

Mr. Coffrey, formerly known as the “Wizard of Oz” from his days at the GLG Partners hedge fund, told employees of his Kirkoswald Capital company allegedly not to take the tube to the Knightsbridge office and get taxis to work instead .

S&P employees in Canary Wharf were told yesterday that they had to work from home until further notice.

In a business statement, a spokesperson said, “Platts has a robust business continuity plan to ensure that there are no disruptions in our MOC (market-on-close) price assessment process and the essential market information that our customers rely on in news and analysis.”

The site has 1200 employees and the Canada Square address is also shared with the trading activity of oil and gas giant BP.

A spokesperson said they were monitoring the situation and it is believed that the staff are still working in the office building.

Yesterday, HSBC evacuated part of the Canary Wharf headquarters after an employee tested positive for the virus.

The company cleared the tenth floor for cleaning and advised staff not to come to work after an employee had isolated himself after contracting the illness.

The remaining floors of the Canada Square office building remained open.

JP Morgan also said it would send part of its London staff to backups.

JP Morgan has Canary Wharf offices and a base in Blackfriars, where the company’s asset management department is located.

Great Britain has so far registered 116 cases and reported its first death to the corona virus on Thursday.

MailOnline has contacted Kirkoswald Capital.

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