Morning Brief 3.5.20: Paytm closes offices after positive coronavirus test

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Virus closure

Paytm has temporarily closed offices in Gurugram and Noida after a staffer who had traveled to Italy tested positive for COVID-19.

The Indian financial services company also asked all employees to work from home for at least two days while the Gurugram office gets sanitized, reports Economic Times in India.

Companies globally are forming continuity strategies to respond to the coronavirus. JPMorgan Chase, for example, is testing a strategy that could have thousands of staffers working from home.

Ripple network

The National Bank of Fujairah has added support for real-time cross-border payments through the RippleNet network.

The bank, which is based in the United Arab Emirates, hopes to provide remittances in India, where it has a large consumer base, reports Finextra. The deployment will also include end-to-end tracking.

Ripple's blockchain was initially a rival to banks for international payments, though it has added bank partners over the past few years.

Meal ticket

Most French companies are required to support employees' lunch, creating an opportunity for voucher company Lunchr, which has rebranded as Swile and added a payment card.

Swile is aimed at smaller businesses, which usually hand out vouchers for lunch, explains TechCrunch, adding larger companies build cafeterias.

By switching to a payment card over a voucher, Swile can link to a debit account to provide flexibility for users.

Without borders

U.K. fintech Revolut has added support for donations to Medecins San Frontieres, tapping the philanthropy use case that's often useful in building adoption of digital payment rails.

The 48-year old NGO, called Doctors Without Borders in the U.S., sends medical teams to respond to humanitarian emergencies or areas with low medical coverage.

Current projects include medical support for a refugee crisis in Myanmar, a civil war in Yemen and political violence in northeast Nigeria. The organization has also worked with Apple Pay to boost digital donations.

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