More than 300 workers at London’s Canary Wharf were sent home after the office block was placed into lockdown following coronavirus fears.
American oil giants Chevron were placed on red alert on Tuesday after an employee reported flu-like symptoms. Concern was raised after the worker reported sick on their return from a country that has been infected by the virus.
A source has said that they have been sent home for assessments over the coming days, with Chevron’s staff advised to stay home until the results are clear.
The company have stated that they are taking ‘precautionary measures to reduce the risk of exposure.’ They added that they will ‘continue to monitor the situation very closely, utilising the guidance of international and local health authorities.’
The company have said they will not be releasing personal details of the employee.
The daily working population of Canary Wharf’s dense business district is an estimated 120,000.
The Department of Health stated on Monday that 13 people in the UK have tested positive, but 6,500 people have been tested negative.