Fearing coronavirus, Infosys vacates a building at its Bengaluru Development Centre

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Bengaluru, March 14, 2020: IT giant Infosys today vacated a building at its Bengaluru Development Centre after an employee was reported to have come in contact with Coronavirus (COVID-19) positive person.

Gururaj Deshpande, head of the company’s Bengaluru development centre, sent an e-mail to all employees, “we are only vacating the IIPM building as a precaution.”

Infosys IT Company has more than a dozen buildings in Bengaluru city since 1990, which has a huge campus with development centers and corporate houses.
Deshpande further stated, “Please note that this is only to ensure the safety of our employees and we will clean the place for our safety.”

Deshpande requested the employees to maintain peace and vigilance.

As of today, there are 81 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country. Of these, 3 from Kerala were treated and discharged. In addition, 7 more from Safdurjung have also recovered. Of these confirmed cases, 64 cases are of Indian nationals, 16 Italian nationals and 1 Canadian national. Contract tracing of these cases is being actively pursued. So far, this has led to identification of more than 4000 contacts who have been put under surveillance.
The confirmed cases also include the first casualty of COVID-19 in the country. Death of a 76-year-old man from Karnataka is confirmed to be caused due to co-morbidities i.e. Asthma and Hypertension and he also tested positive for COVID-19. All the precautionary measures as per protocol, such as screening and home quarantine of the contacts, has been initiated by the State Health Department, Karnataka and is being monitored closely. A 69-year-old woman also died of Coronavirus in Delhi on March 13. There has been total two deaths.

It is reiterated that Indian nationals are strongly advised to avoid all non-essential travel abroad and to refrain from travelling to countries reporting high cases and deaths as mentioned in the travel advisory issued by the Government. All incoming international passengers returning to India should self- monitor their health and follow the required DO’s and DON’Ts as detailed by the Government.

In case of any signs/ symptoms like fever, dry cough, difficulty in breathing etc. please visit a doctor or call the Union Health Ministry’s 24X7 Helpline – 011-23978046. Remember to wear a mask before stepping out to see the doctor.