// Zalando confirms the first positive case of the coronavirus at its HQ
// The retailer is identifying people who were in direct contact with the infected colleague
Zalando has confirmed that one of its head office workers has tested positive for coronavirus and is self isolating at home.
The online retailer said the first positive case of coronavirus involved a worker from its Berlin head office.
“We are in continuous exchange with this person and wish them a smooth and quick recovery,” Zalando said in a statement.
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“Our main goal is to protect the health of our employees, their families and other people in close contact, and to restore a safe working environment as quickly as possible.”
Zalando said it was currently identifying the people who were in direct contact with the infected person in the last 14 days and they will also be asked to isolate themselves at home.
It’s also deep-cleaning affected areas in its head office and remains in close contact with the local authorities.
Over the course of the last week, the retailer has taken steps to protect the health of its team including reducing travel, events and visits to a “business critical minimum”.
It is also cleaning and sanitising all its facilities more frequently.
In addition, Zalando employees can also voluntarily opt in for “home office.”
Germany is one of the worst affected countries in Europe, with 3116 confirmed cases of coronavrius at the time of print.