A file photo of Banque Misr in Cairo (Photo: Ahram Arabic)
Egypt's Banque Misr is closing its Badrashin branch for one week starting yesterday, Tuesday, till Monday, after four of the branch’s employees tested positive for the coronavirus.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the bank affirmed its keenness to take preventative measures that would maintain the health of the bank's clients and employees.
"The closure of the branch comes within the framework of taking all preventative and precautionary measures that would preserve the health of all parties," the statement said.
During the closure, Banque Misr urged the clients of its Badrashin branch to instead deal with the nearest Manyal Shiha and Um El-Masryeen branches.
Banque Misr has 18,000 employees serving more than 10 million clients in Egypt.
The bank said that all the branch’s employees "were notified of the obligation to perform quarantine procedures at home, until the necessary medical examinations are taken to check on their safety and health before allowing them to return to work."
The bank has also contacted the clients who dealt with the infected employees to inform them that they should remain in home isolation for a period of two weeks.
In addition to closing the branch following the detection of the cases, the bank said it is continuously following up on the health conditions of its employees.
"We have also begun the sterilisation and disinfection of the entire branch and its surrounding area," Banque Misr said.
As of early Wednesday, Egypt has registered 2,350 coronavirus cases and 178 deaths.