Infosys employee tests positive for Covid-19 in Pune, firm takes measures to stop spread

Infosys employee tests positive for Covid-19 in Pune, firm takes measures to stop spread
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23 Mar, 2020

After an employee working for technology major Infosys in its Pune campus tested positive for Covid-19, the company is taking several measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

The Bengaluru-based company has asked colleagues who were in contact with the employee to quarantine themselves, a company statement said, adding that the two buildings where the employee worked are being sanitised and deep cleaned. The infected employee is under medical supervision.

"We are also sanitising the entire campus and have sent detailed communication to employees working from that campus. Infosys has taken and will continue to take necessary precautions to keep our employees and communities safe,” a company spokesperson said.

Last week, Infosys vacated its Bengaluru offices after one of its employees came in contact with a Coronavirus patient, The Economic Times reported. In the same period, one employee from Dell India, Google India, HCL Technologies and Mindtree each tested positive for Covid-19.

The virus has crippled the world economy and has so far resulted in 15,000 deaths globally, while infecting at least 3,41,000 people. The pandemic, which originated in China, has affected over 150 countries.

In India, at least 415 people are infected, with Maharashtra (89), Kerala (67) and Delhi (30) being the worst affected. The government has intensified measures to prevent congregation of people in large numbers to arrest the spread of the disease. 

Facebook-owned messenger app WhatsApp, in partnership with the World Health Organisation, launched a Coronavirus information hub to curb misinformation regarding the disease. They also set up a health alert number +4179 893 1892 to spread awareness. 

The government also launched a WhatsApp chatbot called MyGov Corona Helpdesk for its citizens, who can access Covid-19 information and get queries addressed by saving the number +91 9013151515 and sending a “hi”. 

Tokyo headquartered SoftBank reportedly sought an additional $10 billion for its Vision Fund to support companies affected by the pandemic.

Taxi hailing platform Uber on Monday discontinued its services in the Delhi NCR area. Ola, however, remains operational.