COVID-19 in India: First death reported, Bengaluru Google employee tests positive and other updates

Photo courtesy: Facebook/Life at Google
Photo courtesy: Facebook/Life at Google

As India’s tally of positive COVID-19 cases climbed to 74, software giant Google that one of its employees in Bengaluru has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. 

The 26-year-old man had reportedly recently returned from Greece and visited several places in Bengaluru before he was diagnosed.

Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu has said that the man has been placed in isolation at a Bengaluru hospital. 

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Google has also asked its employees to work from home as the man had been in the office for some time. 

"We can confirm that an employee from our Bengaluru office has been diagnosed with COVID-19. He was in one of our Bengaluru offices for a few hours before developing any symptoms. The employee has been on quarantine since then. #CoronaVirus," a Google statement said. "Out of an abundance of caution, we are asking employees in that Bengaluru office to work from home tomorrow (Friday)."

First COVID-19 death in India

India has reported its first death from the novel coronavirus. A 76-year-old man who had recently returned to Karnataka from Saudi Arabia died on Tuesday. 

As he had been showing symptoms, his samples were sent for testing following his death and were found to be positive for COVID-19.

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Ministry of Health releases helpline numbers for India

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) has released a list of helpline numbers for all states and union territories. 

Central Helpline Number: 011-23978043