BY EMEKA EJERE
Wema Bank Plc admitted on Monday that it recently became aware of two active cases of COVID-19 that were reported in two of its branches across the country.
The bank was responding to an earlier report on a blog which claimed that as much as fifty of its employees were recently infected.
In a press statement made available to newsmen, Wema Bank, however, insisted that not more than two positive cases were confirmed. In the meantime, the affected branches have been shut down. Customers who recently visited those branches were also contacted and advised to get tested for COVID-19.
The statement read in part:
“We have received confirmation of two positive COVID-19 cases in two of our branches nationwide. The infected staff are currently being treated after only displaying mild symptoms.
“In keeping with our commitment to ensure the safety of our customers, staff and community, we have notified customers who visited those branches to get tested.
“In light of this, both branches have been shut down for immediate disinfection and will only be reopened once we certify that it is safe enough for services to resume.”
This is happening barely one month after banks were all ed to re-open their branches, following the easing of the COVID-19 lockdown that was imposed by the federal government.
Government had adopted the drastic lockdown measures in a bid to curtail the spread of the virus in the country. During the lockdown, banks were only allowed to render skeletal services, even as customers were advised to shift their transactions to online channels.
The Easgle Online had reported that no fewer than 50 staff of Wema Bank had been sent to the Lagos State isolation centres for the treatment and management of Coronavirus disease.
The medium platform claimed that impeccable sources had confided in it that this followed the outbreak of the virus at a Lagos State office of the bank, which serves as both regional and branch offices.
The affected office, The Eagle Online had stated, was the bank’s office at Oba Akran Avenue in Ikeja, which serves as regional and branch offices.
According to the report, one of the sources said the sharp rise in the number of cases recorded by Lagos State, which had dropped below 100 for two consecutive days before rising to 170 on Monday, was as a result of the high number of staff and customers of the bank who tested positive at the Oba Akran branch.