March 18, 2020 / 6:25 PM / 10 days ago

World Bank reports first two cases of COVID-19, braces for more -memo to staff

WASHINGTON, March 18 (Reuters) - Two Washington employees of the World Bank Group have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the fast-spreading coronavirus, President David Malpass on Wednesday told staff in a memo obtained by Reuters.

Malpass said the diagnoses marked the first cases at the World Bank and its sister organizations, but further cases could be diagnosed in the coming days and weeks.

The Bank and the International Monetary Fund on Friday advised their headquarters staff and contractors to work from home after an IMF employee was diagnosed with COVID-19.

Reporting by Andrea Shalal and David Lawder Editing by Chris Reese

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