New Delhi, March 4 ( IANS) India Inc on Wednesday sent personal advisories against coronavirus jitters as industrialist Anand Mahindra pushed for work from home culture and Harish Mariwala said people should stop spreading fake news.
In just days, the coronavirus cases in India shot from 2 to 28, which includes 16 Italians.
Amid the chaos, stock market bleeding, paranoia and the falling economy, India Inc is taking stock of the seroius situation and is sharing its thoughts on the deadly virus on Twitter.
Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra has been vocal about COVID-19 since the beginning. He said he was hopeful that the crisis would be over, but pointed out that this will make “the world press a permanent reset button”.
He anticipated that it would accelerate ”work from home” culture and lead to more virtual conferences. It would also lead to less travel, and hence, leave a greener footprint.
Panic at Hyd IT park after techie tests COVID-19 positive
There was panic at an information technology park in Hyderabad on Wednesday after a techie reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.
Some companies at Raheja Mindspace IT Park in the IT hub of Hitech City sent their employees home as a precautionary measure.
The woman techie, who recently returned from Italy, was reportedly tested positive in the preliminary test. As the news spread, there was panic among employees working in that company and in surrounding offices in one of the multi-storied buildings in the sprawling facility.
As a precautionary measure, some employers asked their employees to work from home. A multi-national company, located adjacent to the office where she was working, asked its employees to avail Work From Home (WHF).
Stating that the company takes health concern of all its employees seriously, the HR head advised them to use hand sanitisers and avoid touching objects in common areas.
The employees were advised to use stairs instead of the elevators while leaving the office.
As a large number of employees came out of the building, it created confusion in the area. The building was almost deserted.
A techie, hailing from Hyderabad but working in a software firm in Bengaluru, was the first COVID-19 positive case.
Wipro suspends employee travel to China, HK, Macau
Global software major Wipro has suspended employee travel to coronavirus-stricken China, Hong Kong and Macau, the company said on Wednesday.
“Wipro has suspended travel to and transit through mainland China, including Hong Kong and Macau, until further notice. Employees have also been advised to avoid non-critical travel to Singapore, South Korea, Japan and Italy,” the city-based outsourcing firm told IANS in a statement here.
The company said any employee who has travelled to an affected place in China in the last few days has been advised to work from home for 14 days before resuming work in office.
“We have advised our employees to be vigilant, especially those based in China and those who have visited the country recently,” said Wipro.
Interestingly, Wipro said it had no employees in Wuhan, the epicentre of coronavirus while enabling a significant number of techies based in China to work from home.
The company has also requested its employee to self-quarantine in case they or their family members exhibit any symptoms.
“That apart, we have taken all necessary measures at our offices there (China), including thermal screening, surgical masks and frequent sanitization of premises,” said the company.