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BT boss diagnosed with coronavirus but keeps working from home

Tom Belger
·Finance and policy reporter
·1-min read
British Telecom (BT) former and present CEO's Gavin Patterson (L) and Philip Jansen walk up Downing street in central London on January 30, 2019. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)        (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
BT's former CEO Gavin Patterson, left, and current CEO Philip Jansen, right. (Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP via Getty Images)

The head of BT has tested positive for the coronavirus, but will continue to work from home in self-isolation.

Philip Jansen, chief executive of the group (BT-A.L), was diagnosed on Thursday afternoon.

He said his symptoms “seem relatively mild,” but went public to alert anyone he was recently been in contact with. He said in a statement released via BT that he had met “several industry partners” this week alone.

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Jansen also said there would be “no disruption” to the business, as he has isolated himself at home but will continue to work remotely this week.

The company is in contact with Public Health England and plans to undertake a “full deep clean” of relevant parts of its headquarters in central London. Employees who have been in contact with Jansen will be notified and “appropriately advised” on what to do.

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Jansen’s statement read: "Having felt slightly unwell I decided as a precaution to be tested. As soon as the test results were known I isolated myself at home.

"I've met several industry partners this week so felt it was the responsible thing to do to alert them to this fact as soon as I could."

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UPDATE: The picture has been changed from a previous picture that was incorrectly captioned. This has now been replaced with a picture of BT’s former CEO Gavin Patterson alongside current CEO Philip Jansen.