| 28.02,20. 01:12 PM |
OMD Sydney employees told ‘work from home’ after colleague develops ‘flu-like symptoms’
“OMD Australia has advised all Sydney employees to work from home today, following reports that one of our OMD London colleagues has come down with flu-like symptoms after visiting Sydney for business (via Singapore),” Peter Horgan, CEO of Omnicom Media Group, said in a statement.
“While this is not a confirmed case of coronavirus, we have taken this precautionary measure as the health and safety of our employees is our top priority.
“OMD Australia has also notified all visitors to its Sydney office in the past week.”
The company plans to operate business as usual, but has said the idea of having staff work remotely is “to minimise the impact on clients”.
Employees of OMD are due to return to offices on Monday.
This comes as the World Health Organisation warned countries not to make the “fatal mistake” of assuming it will be spared the coronavirus.
Governments from Iran to Australia are racing to contain the epidemic’s rapid global spread.
With new infections reported around the world now surpassing those in mainland China, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said even rich nations should prepare for surprises.
“No country should assume it won’t get cases, that would be a fatal mistake, quite literally,” Tedros said.
Australia’s response to coronavirus
23 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia: 8 in Queensland; 4 in NSW; 7 in Victoria; 3 in South Australia; 1 in Western Australia
15 of these cases are reported to have recovered. The remaining cases are in a stable condition.
8 cases are passengers who were on the Diamond Princess repatriation flight from Japan. They have returned to their home states for medical treatment.
Across the world, there have been 81,310 confirmed cases and 2771 reported deaths
Of the confirmed cases reported globally, the case fatality rate is 3.4 per cent. The case fatality rate in countries and regions outside mainland China is 1.4 per cent
Australia’s travel restrictions have been extended for a further week
Foreign nationals - excluding permanent residents - who have been in mainland China will not be allowed to enter Australia for 14 days from the time they left mainland China
Australian citizens and permanent residents will still be able to enter, as will their immediate family members (spouses, legal guardians and dependents only)
People who have been in contact with someone confirmed to have coronavirus must self-isolate for 14 days from the time they were in contact with that person
In Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison ordered hospitals to ensure sufficient medical and protective supplies and staff.