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Google Employee Reportedly Tests Positive for Coronavirus in India

© AP Photo / Alastair GrantA photo of the Google logo at their offices in Granary Sqaure, London, Thursday Nov. 1, 2018.
A photo of the Google logo at their offices in Granary Sqaure, London, Thursday Nov. 1, 2018. - Sputnik International
New Delhi (Sputnik): India registered its first death from the novel coronavirus on 12 March, with the federal Ministry of Health and Family Welfare updating the number of people affected by the Wuhan virus to 75.

Just hours after India's first death from the coronavirus was confirmed, search engine giant Google also announced that one of its employees from Bengaluru tested positive for COVID-19, ANI has reported.

As a precautionary measure, the US-headquartered tech giant has declared a work-from-home policy for its employees at the Bengaluru office in India. 

​Google has not yet officially posted the news to its social media handles, however, media outlets have acquired copies of an internal email that was shared among employees at the Bengaluru office.

Anand Rangrajan, Director of engineering and site lead for the Bengaluru office said in the email, “We are sorry to report that we have one confirmed case of a Bangalore-based Googler testing positive for COVID-19", the media has reported.

Rangrajan also informed Google employees that the infected worker contracted the virus after travelling abroad recently.

Further details surrounding the health status of the Google India employee remains undisclosed on public platforms at the moment.

Google is known to now have two cases of COVID-19, the first of which was reported from its Zurich-based office.

According to the federal Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India has recorded 75 positive cases of coronavirus or COVID-19, and confirmed the first death in the nation.

​Earlier this week, the United Nations’s World Health Oranisation (WHO) declared the coronavirus a pandemic. At present, over 128,000 people have tested positive for the coronavirus across the world.  

As a precautionary measure, India has suspended all foreign visas except diplomatic, official, UN/International Organisations, employment, project visas. It as also advised that its nationals presently abroad avoid non-essential travel.

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