Another Big 4 firm has confirmed a case of coronavirus among its ranks. This time, an employee at EY in Madrid has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Reuters.
An EY spokesperson told Reuters earlier today that the firm sent approximately 3,000 employees from its offices in Madrid home to work:
“There’s one person who is OK but has tested positive, so because of the protocol everyone has to go home,” the spokesman said.
EY Madrid didn’t disclose how the employee contracted COVID-19.
EY officials said in an email to employees last week that the firm has banned all outward and inward travel until April 1 to or from South Korea, Japan, and areas in Northern Italy, Fortune reported. Employees who have traveled in those areas are being instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days, at least until April 1.
Aljazeera reported today that the number of coronavirus cases across Spain has risen to 234. Three people in Spain have died from COVID-19.
The Financial Times reported on March 3 that a Deloitte employee in London who recently vacationed in Asia has been hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19. The firm said it was “deep cleaning” one floor of its offices on New Street Square, where the employee reportedly worked, but the office hadn’t been quarantined.
Deloitte employees were given the option of coming in to work or working from home. I’d have to believe that most Green Dotters in that office took their bosses up on that work-from-home offer.
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