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SBI employees shut branch in Odisha suspecting they were infected with coronavirus

9/04/2020 at 9:00 AM

Mokia, April 9: The employees of the State Bank of India (SBI) Mokia branch in Nabarangpur district closed the bank on Tuesday claiming that all were infected with the novel coronavirus.

However, investigations revealed that none of the staff members has tested for the virus infection and none has so far been tested positive in the district, following which district collector Ajit Mishra ordered them to open the branch on Wednesday.

The manager of the bank closed the branch on April 7 and put up a notice that the staff members had come in contact with a COVID-19 patient, following which they have to quarantine themselves for 14 days. They took the decision without going for sample test.

Being informed about the incident, the Collector order the Superintendent of Police to investigate the matter. And the investigation revealed that on April 4, a clerk of the Mokia branch had offered a lift to a person from Papadahandi to Nabarangpur on his bike. The clerk became nervous when he came to know that the person had returned from Delhi.

The panic-stricken employee visited the district headquarters hospital for check up but no symptoms of COVID-19 were found.

The clerk narrated the incident with colleagues on April 6 and the manager and other employees decided to close the branch on April 7.

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