Coronavirus: ‘Work from home’ seems to be the mantra

States in India have been asked to form rapid response teams to check the community transmission of the virus.


India Inc. is taking precautions to keep employees safe. While Cognizant has shut its office in Hyderabad, and asked its employees to work from home, Zoho Corp. in Chennai has also done the same.

Cognizant’s Hyderabad office happens to be in Raheja Mindspace, the IT park where an employee from one of the offices in the same building had tested positive for the virus recently. As a precautionary measure, Cognizant has closed its office for disinfection and sanitisation.

In Chennai, Zoho Corp. employees will also be working from home, even though no cases of COVID-19 have been found in any of its offices worldwide. However, all its employees across the world are going to be working from home as a precautionary measure, visiting office only if absolutely necessary. The American Indian software development company, which has offices in France, Italy, Sweden, Germany and the US, has about 7,500 employees globally.

Now that about 29 positive novel coronavirus cases have been reported in India, the Union Health Ministry has asked all the states to form rapid response teams at all levels — district, block and village — to check community transmission of the virus.

The Karnataka government has sent out an advisory asking companies in Bengaluru to permit their employees to work from home if they exhibit any flu-like symptoms.

Meanwhile, Paytm has shut all its six offices, five in Noida and one in Gurugram, after an employee at the Gurugram office tested positive.


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