A coughing man was caught on camera collapsing onto the floor at Canary Wharf shopping mall a day before a Chevron worker in the same area reported a flu-like illness amid coronavirus scare.
Video shows a man spluttering inside the atrium area of Jubilee Place in the shopping centre.
The man is seen taking off his jacket and throwing it onto the floor while trying to cover his mouth when he coughs.
Office workers heading to the station can be seen stopping and staring at the man as a security guard walks over to offer help.
At one point, the man falls to his knees and tumbles over on the ground and gestures to ask for water.
A source exclusively told Daily Star: "I was sitting at Caffe Nero and all of a sudden a man started coughing really loud.
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"He sounded really sick and you can hear from all those chesty coughs, people walking past him literally ran away."
The scary incident happened at around 6:20pm on Monday, a day before US oil giant Chevron announced to send 300 workers home for precautions of coronavirus.
A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 5.55pm on Monday (24 February) to reports of a person unwell near the South Colonnade at Canary Wharf shopping centre.
“We dispatched an ambulance crew, however we were then informed that the ambulance was no longer required.”
It came after a worker was reportedly suffering flu-like symptoms and is awaiting test results.
The staff at the Westferry Circus office in Canary Wharf will continue to work from home "for the time being", pending tests on the employee.
Chevron said: "Chevron continues to monitor the situation very closely, utilising the guidance of international and local health authorities.
"Our primary concern is the health and safety of our employees and we are taking precautionary measures to reduce their risk of exposure.
"Consequently, we have requested that our colleagues, based at our Westferry Circus office in London, work from home for the time being. It is our policy to not provide details of our employees."
More than 80,000 people have been tested positive for Covid-19, the Wuhan strain for coronavirus that started in China.
Italy has become a frontline in the global outbreak of the virus, with 280 cases and 10 deaths.
Greece and Brazil have confirmed their first case of coronavirus as of today.
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