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HYDERABAD/MUMBAI : An employee of a global science-based company DSM Shared Services is diagnosed with Coronavirus (Covid-19), the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

The news comes just two days after a software employee from Hyderabad, who works in Bengaluru, was also found to be infected with the virus and was admitted at the state-run Gandhi hospital in Telangana’s capital.

“We would like to inform you that one of our DSM colleagues in our Hyderabad office at Mindspace building has been diagnosed with Coronavirus (Covid-19). This diagnosis was confirmed early this morning i.e. on 4th March 2020. Upon noticing some symptoms, our colleague self-quarantined effective 28th February in line with DSM guidelines and protocols," DSM said.

State government officials declined to comment on this.

The company added that the employee is being checked upon, along with that person’s family members to ensure everyone is doing fine. “The colleague now has mild symptoms and is in good spirits," added the statement from DSM.

Prior to this, apart from the infected 24-year-old software employee (admitted at Gandhi hospital), health department officials from Telangana also began screening about 50 others to test them for coronavirus (he is believed to have been in close contact with about 80 persons after he developed fever). Most of the samples have returned negative so far.

DSM is located at Raheja Mindspace tech park in the heart of Hyderabad’s IT corridor. On Wednesday, it was reported that some of the companies had shut shop for the day after learning of the case at DSM, which has also shut its offices and has asked its employees to work from home.

“Our DSM offices in Hyderabad (Mindspace and Brightspace), in alignment to our guidelines are currently being cleaned and disinfected thoroughly. This means that both sites will be closed till further notice, our employees will be operating from home and we will inform you when our sites re-open," the company said.

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