Vodafone employees were evacuated from the company’s head office in North Sydney yesterday following concerns one of the workers may have contracted the coronavirus.
One of the workers who recently returned from overseas started showing “flu-like symptoms” prompting the evacuation at about 3pm yesterday.
“A staff member who recently returned from Japan developed flu-like symptoms and following medical advice, is now undergoing tests for coronavirus,” Vodafone said in a statement.
“The health of our employees and the public is our number one priority, while this is not a confirmed case, we have advised health authorities and are in close contact with them.”
All employees have been advised to work from home as a “precautionary measure” until further notice.
Workers are expected to be provided with an update on the situation tonight.
This comes after Sydney staff at Foxtel Media and advertising company OMD were sent home after a coronavirus scare last week.
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OMD implemented a two day shut down after an employee, who was visiting from London via Singapore, developed flu-like symptoms and had to be tested for the COVID-19 virus.
About 200 staff from the Pyrmont office were told to work from home while the test was conducted.
Staff at Foxtel Media were also sent home after it emerged that one of its workers had visited the OMD office.
Multiple other companies have also made the decision to ask their employees to work from home in a bid to lower the risk of spreading the virus.
Twitter recently announced it has encouraged staff globally to work from home if they are able.
“Our goal is to lower the probability of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus for us – and the world around us,” Twitter’s people team lead Jen Christie said.
“We are operating out of an abundance of caution and the utmost dedication to keeping our Tweeps healthy.”
There are now more than 50 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Australia, with a 95-year-old woman becoming the second person to die from the illness.
Globally there are more than 95,000 cases and the death toll has risen to 3254.