The local banking sector hasn’t been spared from the ravaging coronavirus which has brought everything to virtually a grinding halt everywhere. Out of 19 banks, 5 have recorded 2 unfortunate deaths and infections from Covid-19 at the time of writing.
The 5 banks whose stuff were exposed to Covid-19 involve Stanbic Bank,FBC Bank,Nedbank, CBZ and Agribank. All the banks have since released statements informing the public about the infections discovered at their branches.
Nedbank – We advise that two of our staff members in Southerton Branch and one in Head Office have tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) following precautionary measurers to conduct Polmerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing by the Bank.
CBZ – We would like to advise our Valued Stakeholders that as a precautionary measure,CBZembarked onan exercyto undertake Covid-19 PCR tests on all its staff prioritizing its frontline and essential support staff. To date out of 900 tests conducted, regrettably a total of 35 of our staff members have tested positive for Covid-19. One of our staff members sadly passed away on Sunday 26 July 2020, having also tested positive.
FBC – Pursuant to the national lockdown of March 2020, we conducted Covid-19 testing for all our employees prior to their return to work, in line with regulations set out by the Ministry of Health and Child Care. The Rapid Results method was used and those who tested positive were sent for further PCR tests for more conclusive results. Of the employees tested, all results were negative. We have since followed this up with targeted testing of any employee that displays flue-like symptoms which could be related to Covid-19, or who has been linked to a known Covid-19 case. In this regard, and as a result of a recent testing exercise, we advise that 8 FBC Holdings employees in Harare have tested positive for Covid-19 and are now in quarantine.
Agribank – One of our staff at Maphisa Branch tested positive for Covid-19 following routine test. The employee is stable and is now under isolation.
Stanbic – Following our notification on 29 July 2020, we advise that the tests done to establish the cause of our Harare based colleague’s death confirmed that he was Covid-19 positive.
It’s important to note that infections could probably be worse if banks are not regularly disinfecting their branches. Those disinfection exercises are the reason why banks are regularly closing and opening branches countrywide.