By William Boston

 

BERLIN-BMW AG, the German luxury car maker, said Monday that an employee in its research and development center tested positive for the new coronavirus, as the virus continues to spread in Germany.

The employee hadn't traveled recently, leading authorities to determine that he was infected in Germany. As a result, BMW has asked around 150 employees who had contact with the man to work from home under quarantine for the next two weeks. The department's offices were disinfected.

"Operations are continuing without restrictions. We are in constant close contact with our medical health service and the relevant authorities and are keeping our employees updated regularly regarding current developments," BMW said in a statement.

BMW didn't identify the man, in adherence with German privacy laws, but said he went to a doctor on Sunday and was then admitted to hospital. He is doing well under the circumstances, the company said.

 

Write to William Boston at william.boston@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

March 02, 2020 10:12 ET (15:12 GMT)

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