Lives of customers have been put at risk after Access Bank staff died from COVID-19 complications, forcing the company to shut down one of its branches. The unnamed banker was said to have come in contact with customers and colleagues during work before his demise.
The Access bank employee was said to be a staff of Access Bank's Onne Branch in Rivers State. Due to COVID-19 being the cause of death, the bank has shut down the branch, ending operations for the disinfection of the branch. AllNews had previously reported that banks closed their banking hall following a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari, ordering businesses to shut down, while allowing some essential companies like banks and telecommunications to operate skeleton service.
But the lockdown measure was eased in early May, allowing banks to open its banking hall to customers, but at a limited number. Despite the strict measures at banks, the premises of banks were overcrowded. Now, one of Access Bank's staff has died due to the coronavirus despite the usage of face mask and hand sanitizers at banks' premises, taking Nigeria's death toll of COVID-19 to 475 persons.
"We have received unfortunate confirmation of the loss of our staff who until his death worked at our Onne Branch, Rivers State," AllNews confirmed from a statement.
Customers, Colleagues Under Self-Isolation
While the date of the banker's passing wasn't made known, customers and colleagues of the late staff that came in contact with him have now been told to self-isolate for their safety and the safety of people around them. The directive is in line with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) COVID-19 guidelines.
The customers and colleagues of the Onne Branch in Rivers State are expected to self-isolate for 14-days, if any COVID-19 symptoms is detected within the isolation period, they are expected to contact NCDC for relocation to the NCDC isolation center. Currently, Nigeria has recorded 18,480 confirmed cases, while 6,307 have been discharged.