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KKR closes down UK offices as Covid-19 infected employee recovers at home

With the UK government on the cusp of asking even mildly sick employees to work from home, KKR has closed down its two London offices due to a confirmed case of Covid-19.

With the UK government on the cusp of asking even mildly sick employees to work from home, KKR has closed down its two London offices due to a confirmed case of Covid-19.

“Our London office has recently been impacted, with a member of staff being confirmed with Covid-19. This individual is at home and recovering well,” a KKR spokesperson said in a statement. “We continue to monitor the situation and will adjust our response as necessary.”

The private equity group, which has temporarily closed both of its London offices to implement a thorough cleaning and sanitization, has asked its employees in both offices to work from home until further notice. It is also requiring all employees who have come into close contact with the impacted individual to self-quarantine themselves for two weeks.

Saying that it is closely monitoring and managing the Covid-19 situation, the firm emphasised that “the health and safety of our people is our top priority.” 

KKR also said it is taking all necessary precautions, based on the advice from Public Health England, to ensure the safety and well-being of its employees.

The international private equity group is one of the latest in a line of financial services firms to evacuate or send home employees due to the global Covid-19 outbreak, including Deutsche Bank and ECB in Frankfurt.


HSBC in Canary Wharf, London, confirmed that a member of staff had contracted Covid-19 last week, causing the banking group to close down part of the building.

Bloomberg first reported on the confirmed KKR case in the UK.

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