Grab shuts Singapore, Thailand offices after coronavirus infection

Grab Holdings Inc. closed offices in Singapore and Thailand for five days of cleaning after a Singapore-based employee, who previously visited the Bangkok office, tested positive for the coronavirus.

“One employee who is based in our corporate office at Marina One West Tower in Singapore has come down with Covid-19,” Grab said Monday in an emailed statement. “The employee tested positive on March 7 and is currently in hospital receiving treatment.”

The infection at Grab comes after Facebook Inc., which also has offices at the Marina One building in Singapore, confirmed an employee there was diagnosed with the virus. Facebook said it closed the affected areas for deep cleaning and advised employees in those areas to work from home until March 13. The U.S. company also closed its London offices until Monday for cleaning because the infected employee had visited in February.

The rapid spread of Covid-19, which erupted in China, is forcing office closures around the world. Tech giants from Apple Inc. to Google are also advising employees to work from home.

Singapore has 150 confirmed cases, though scores have recovered, according to the local authorities. The Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing said on Saturday the city-state must be prepared to see a spike in cases, which could be “significantly different from the numbers we are seeing today, and we must never be complacent.”

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Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.