Coronavirus: Infosys evacuates one Bengaluru office over suspected case

Office sanitized as a “precautionary measure”, says firm

infosys-reuters One Infosys employee had come in contact with a suspected coronavirus case | Reuters

IT major Infosys on Friday evacuated all staff from one of its office buildings in Bengaluru after one of its employees came in contact with a suspected coronavirus case. The company informed that the office was sanitized as a “precautionary measure”.

“Infosys has taken a decision to evacuate one of our satellite buildings (IIPM building) as a precautionary measure, as one of our employees had been in contact with an individual with suspected COVID-19. Please note that this is to ensure the safety of our employees and undertake a comprehensive disinfection exercise at our facility," Infosys stated. 

The company added that the employees were directed to work from home, and "there is no impact on our client deliverables as a result of this temporary evacuation."

On Friday, employees of Google's office in RMZ Infinity office in Bengaluru were also asked to work from home as the office was being sanitized after one of the employee tested positive for coronavirus. It is to be noted that of the six coronavirus positive cases in Karnataka, five are in Bengaluru, of which four are related to the IT sector. 

Apart from Google, an employee each from Dell and Mindtree were also tested positive in Bengaluru. All the three had foreign travel history. 

Incidentally, Karnataka had reported the first coronavirus death in India after test results confirmed that a 76-year-old man from Kalaburagi had died due to COVID-19. Hours after the death confirmation, the B.S. Yediyurappa government sprang into action and ordered shutdown of malls, pubs and theatres, and banned large gatherings in public places for a period of one week on Friday.

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