New Delhi: IT giant Infosys on Friday had to vacate one of its buildings in Electronic City in the southern suburbs of Bengaluru after one of its employees there was suspected to have contracted novel coronavirus, news agency IANS reported today. Also Read - All Major Badminton Events Suspended by BWF Till April 12 Amid Coronavirus Fear
The development came on a day Google, too, confirmed that one of its employees in its Bengaluru office had tested positive for the infection. Earlier this week, Karnataka also reported the country’s first case of death due to coronavirus, from Kalaburagi. Also Read - Coronavirus: Hindu Mahasabha's Gaumutra Party Today in Delhi; Poster Goes Viral
In an e-mail to all Infosys employees, Gururaj Deshpande, Infosys’ Bengaluru development centre head, said, “To ensure preparedness, we are evacuating only the IIPM building as a precautionary measure on receiving information that a team member from the building may have been in proximity to COVID-19 suspect.” Also Read - Coronavirus Updates: Maharashtra Records Highest Number of Confirmed COVID Cases in India, Tally Rises to 31
In the e-mail, he further stated that the step was being taken to ensure the safety of the employees, also urging the employees to be calm to ensure they are cautious and better prepared. “We request you to refrain from believing in or spreading any information that is hearsay/rumours via any of the social media channels,” the e-mail advised the employees.
Deshpande further requested for employees’ support so that the situation could be handled with utmost responsibility.
The development also came on a day the Karnataka government announced a slew of measures to help contain the pandemic, particularly in the wake of the Kalaburagi death case. The measures also included asking all the IT and biotech firms across the city to allow their employees to work from their homes for a week