Google India employee from Bengaluru has been diagnosed with coronavirus infection, taking the total number of cases in the country to nearly 80.
"We can confirm that an employee from our Bengaluru office has been diagnosed with COVID-19" the company said in a statement. "They were in one of our Bangalore offices for a few hours before developing any symptoms," Google added.
According to a PTI report, the 26-year-old software engineer in Google, returned from Greece in the first week of March. The patient's condition is stable now, the media bulletin said.
Google asked colleagues he came in touch with to quarantine themselves. "The employee has been on quarantine since then, and we have asked colleagues who were in close contact with the employee to quarantine themselves and monitor their health," the tech giant said.
Google asked all the employees in that Bengaluru office to work from home today. In the wake coronavirus scare in the country, IT services companies Wipro and Tech Mahindra also adopted remote work models.
Earlier, two employees from Mindtree and Dell were tested positive for novel coronavirus. At present, Karnataka reported six confirmed cases of COVID-19 including its first death in the country.
“The 76-year-old man from Kalburgi who passed away was a suspected COVID-19 patient has been confirmed for COVID-19," the Karnataka health department said in a statement.
As the number of coronavirus cases increases rapidly, Central and state government across the country scaled up measures to contain the spread. Delhi, Kerala and Haryana government declared coronavirus infection an epidemic. All the schools, colleges cinema halls were ordered shut until 31 March, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Thursday. COVID-19 has so far affected more than 127,000 people worldwide.