MANILA, PHILIPPINES (12 March 2020) — Staff at the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) headquarters in Manila, Philippines, are temporarily working from home from today following advice that a visitor to the Bank has tested positive for the coronavirus COVID-19.

The Bank’s Manila headquarters facility will be closed from 12 March to undertake cleaning and disinfecting.  Bank operations will continue. ADB Management will make a decision in coming days on when to reopen the Bank premises.

“The safety of staff, visitors to the Bank, and their families is of utmost importance to us. We are providing support to staff who interacted with the visitor,” said ADB Vice President for Administration and Corporate Management Ms. Deborah Stokes.

ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members—49 from the region.

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