SBS World News relocates after positive test

SBS World News will broadcast tonight from its Canberra newsroom after an employee in Sydney tested positive for COVID-19.

The Feed will likely broadcast from private homes at 10pm.

In a statement SBS said the staff member has had minimal contact with other employees due to social distancing measures.

“The health and safety of our employees remains our top priority,” said SBS.

“The employee was last in the office on Friday 20 March. Immediate close contacts have already been identified and are self-isolating, and we are continuing a more comprehensive tracing exercise.

“There is no impact for SBS employees outside of Sydney’s newsroom. SBS is strictly complying with health and safety advice and protocols in response to this matter.

“While the newsroom has been thoroughly cleaned a number of times since Friday, SBS has closed the area immediately for additional sanitisation, and all staff working in that area have gone home. The newsroom is expected to reopen tomorrow, Wednesday 25 March.

“As an essential service, particularly during this time, SBS will continue its news operations. We have comprehensive business continuity plans, our technology and resources are in place to ensure employees can work flexibly, where feasible. This evening’s SBS World News bulletin will be broadcast but in a different format.”

Source: The Guardian

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