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Coronavirus: Karnataka breathes easy as tests find samples of five persons negative

“We will keep suspected cases under four weeks of observation as against two weeks elsewhere,” the minister said. Of the five, an Iranian student will continue to be quarantined for the next 10 days, while the remaining will be kept under observation in their respective homes. Karnataka also issued an advisory to tech cos employees to avoid non-essential travel to COVID-19 affected countries.

Last Updated: Mar 04, 2020, 09.51 PM IST

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Although none of the IT companies in Bengaluru has announced work-from-home for employees, some have initiated measures such as distributing face masks and sanitisers to employees.

BENGALURU: Karnataka breathed easy after

Medical Education

Minister

K Sudhakar

announced on Wednesday evening that all five persons, who had been quarantined in a Bengaluru’s hospital after they showed symptoms, are safe with tests proving negative.

They include the roommate of the techie who travelled to Hyderabad by bus and his colleague at an IT firm in the city.

“We will keep suspected cases under four weeks of observation as against two weeks elsewhere,” the Minister told ET. Of the five, an Iranian student will continue to be quarantined for the next 10 days, while the remaining will be kept under observation in their respective homes.

The Karnataka government on Wednesday issued an advisory to employees of technology companies asking them to avoid non-essential travel to COVID-19 affected countries and take precautionary measures in office premises in the wake of growing concerns about the spread of the infection.

Although none of the IT companies in Bengaluru has announced work-from-home for employees, some have initiated measures such as distributing face masks and sanitisers to employees.

In the 10-point advisory, Additional Chief Secretary at the Health and Family Welfare Department Jawaid Akhtar has asked IT companies to allow employees with flu-like symptoms to work from home. The government has also asked IT and BT employees to avoid traveling to majorly Coronavirus affected countries that include China, Iran, Republic of Korea, Italy, Japan and Iran.

The government has advised all employees arriving on international flights entering India from any port to furnish self declaration form and travel history to health and immigration officials. People with symptoms or travel history to COVID-19 affected countries can report to helpline 104 or email to:
[email protected].


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