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One Intel employee in Bengaluru potentially exposed to coronavirus, under quarantine

The company said it is monitoring the coronavirus situation closely and working to ensure that its employees have the information and resources they need to stay safe and informed.

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Last Updated: Mar 04, 2020, 11.36 AM IST
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Tech giant Intel in a statement said said one of its employees in Bengaluru has "potentially been exposed" to coronavirus and is currently under quarantine. The firm has put in motion precautionary measures such as travel restrictions, increased frequency of office sanitisation, and work-from-home provisions in India.

"An Intel employee in Bangalore has potentially been exposed and is currently under quarantine in accordance with government requirements," Intel said in a late night statement on Tuesday.

The company said it is monitoring the coronavirus situation closely and working to ensure that its employees have the information and resources they need to stay safe and informed. In India, we have implemented precautionary measures such as travel and event restrictions, visitor screenings at all our offices, increased frequency of office sanitisation, and work-from-home provisions," it said.

The virus outbreak, which has seen cases being registered across the world including South Korea, Iran, Italy and Japan, has had a significant impact on businesses across industries.

Hyderabad on high alert
Meanwhile, 36 of the 88 people a 24-year-old software professional from Hyderabad came in contact with after returning from Dubai are showing "some symptoms" of Covid-19, Telangana government officials said on Tuesday. The techie is Telangana's first COVID-19 case that has claimed over 3,000 lives.

While 45 of his contacts were taken to the state-run Gandhi Hospital since Monday night, the remaining, who were not symptomatic, have been kept in isolation at their homes. The results for the 36 symptomatic patients are expected on Wednesday, said health authorities. "The 36 include his co-passengers in the bus that he took from Bengaluru to Hyderabad and family members," said Vijay Kumar, state nodal officer for Coronavirus detection. Sources, however, said that showing symptoms doesn't necessarily mean that they have been infected and their samples may still test negative for the virus.

The IT professional works at a tech park in the outskirts of Bengaluru and stays in a PG accommodation. He travelled to Dubai on an assignment on February 15 and returned to Bengaluru on February 20. He attended office for two days - February 20 and 21 - before taking the bus to Hyderabad. His samples had tested positive on Monday.



Microblogging platform Twitter has asked its employees to work from home while other tech giants like Tata Consultancy Services and HCL Technologies instructed staff to avoid non-essential travel as IT firms put in place measures to safeguard workers against the deadly coronavirus.

The coronavirus outbreak claimed over 3,000 lives globally, and fresh cases being reported in India.

The government has stepped up its efforts to detect and check the virus outbreak whose epicentre was in China. SR ANS ANS

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