India’s largest bank the State Bank of India (SBI) has shut down a section of its Local Head Office (LHO) located Kolkata after an employee is tested positive for COVID-19. The employee hails from the Liability Centralised Processing Centre located at the ‘E’ wing of the LHO.
The SBI employee was not attending the office for around 8-10 days and was later found to have contracted the deadly coronavirus.
“Since then, we have sanitised the entire building and the section has been closed till May 11,” said a SBI official, adding that other departments will remain functional.
The employee who is tested positive is being treated at a private hospital.
“As a responsible organisation, we will have to look into the welfare of all employees and follow the protocol in such challenging circumstances,” the official said.
He said another SBI staff, who had earlier travelled to a foreign country, is also tested positive, but has recovered now following treatment at a government hospital.
As of May 7, the state has reported 1,548 COVID-19 cases and 151 deaths of people infected with the deadly virus