Coronavirus Fears Force Closure Of OMD’s London Office

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Following yesterday’s reports of Dentsu shutting its Tokyo headquarters, today comes news of OMD closing its central London office over coronavirus fears for the next 48 hours.

Unlike Dentsu Tokyo, which had a confirmed case of coronavirus in the office, OMD is closing after an employee returning from Australia via Singapore showed flu like symptoms.

Although it is unlikely the staff member is infected with the virus, OMD is waiting for confirmation before it determines the next steps.

“As a precautionary measure, employees at OMD UK will be working from home across the next 48 hours (until further notice),” an all-staff email, published by The Drum, said.

“If you were working or visiting OMD UK yesterday, we would ask that you work from home across the next 48 hours. If you feel unwell, please follow the advice below.

“While the risk of anyone being tested positive is minimal, we want to take every precaution to protect your health and wellbeing. Please inform your line manager if you need to work from home.

“We will continue to keep you informed of any changes to their advice.”

 

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