H1N1 fears spread in India’s Silicon Valley
BENGALURU: A tech hub of Bengaluru was in the grip of an H1N1 influenza scare on Thursday after German software major SAP pressed the panic button following two of its employees in the city contracting the virus. However, health department officials said there’s no cause for alarm.
SAP shut its offices in Bengaluru, Mumbai and Gurugram and asked all employees to work from home till further notice. It undertook fumigation and sanitisation of the offices.
The news spread after RMZ, which operates the business park in which SAP is located in Bengaluru, issued an advisory to all tenants on measures they could take, specifically mentioning SAP’s actions. The park’s other tenants include Accenture, Honeywell, Danske IT, Shell Technologies, Morgan Stanley, Capgemini and ANZ.
Sources said some of these companies told employees to work from home for the next three days, but considering they are holidays for most employees (Mahashivaratri followed by the weekend), the order will have little impact.
Govt says no need to panic over H1N1
Jayaram S Govindaiah, head of group real estate and corporate services, Danske IT, said, “We requested our employees not to visit the food court, which is where the SAP tower is located. We brought in sanitisers for employees and sanitised the handles and doors of conference rooms and cafeteria. We had a stock of N95 masks and asked staffers to use them.”
集团房地产和企业服务负责人Jayaram S Govindaiah称:“我们要求员工不要去美食广场，那里是SAP大厦的所在地。我们给员工配了消毒剂，对会议室和餐厅的把手和门进行了消毒。我们的N95口罩有库存，并要求工作人员使用。”
A top official from Karnataka health department indicated the response was an overreaction. “We think the coronavirus fear is behind the H1N1 scare. It’s good to take precautions but there’s no need to panic,” he said.
Data on H1N1 accessed by TOI show between January 1 and February 20, the state saw 175 cases, significantly lower than the 482 reported in the same period last year. No deaths have been recorded so far this year.
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Rishi • 3 hours ago
Earth is healing itself from the virus ( humans), Coronavirus and h1n1 are antibiotics to heal earth from who harm it (humans) ,
Rishi Venugopal • 49 mins ago
You won't be saying these stupid things if your family members got affected by the virus.
Renuka • 2 hours ago
INSTEAD OF BULIDING WALL TO HIDE POVERTY IN GUJURAT SPEND MONEY ON HEALTH CARE TO SAVE LIFES RATHER THAN SHOWING OFF. ONLY IF GOVT THINKS INDIA IS ONE AND NOT STATEWISE.
Girish • 2 hours ago
Over reaction or should I say Hyper reaction.. H1N1 is common influenza virus like any other. SAP should confirm if those folks have not been to China and it's not Corona virus.
Jac Chira • 3 hours ago
The move seems unprecedented and Raises the Eye brows. Why so much of action for two cases??? or is it a Smoke from Fire covered???
Dravidian • Toronto • 2 hours ago
Indian Silicon Valley has caste and religion viruses too which cannot be cured.
hhrc eecp • 3 hours ago
A top official from Karnataka health department indicated the response was an overreaction
Ranjan Thimpu • 2 hours ago
Stop spreading senseation for this H1N1 there is cure
Priya Saxena • 2 hours ago
As if the corona virus wasnt enough !!
Sitaram • 2 hours ago
SAP will announce layoffs in early March. Maybe they want to find an excuse to close some office earlier than previously planned.
Gaana User • 2 hours ago
It is a really a very bad and shocking news for us. as already whole China is suffering from the corona virus and now if this virus will spread in India, then it will very pathetic for us.
Arif Khan • 38 mins ago
Modi rather Buy Expensive Military Toys from USA France and Russia than to worry about People's health. Those Toys are USELESS against Nuclear Warheads . Peoples health is REAL WEALTH
Srinivasan Sampathkumar • Mysuru • 2 hours ago
Why are you sensationalising the H1N1? It is curable definitely. Don't spread any rumours.
Sanjay • mumbai • 2 hours ago
India has capable doctors & authorities to tackle this nuisance.
Aishvaraya • 2 hours ago
swine flu occurs twice every year during autumn and spring...hope the strain is not virulent as virulent strains are dangerous
Satya • 2 hours ago
WE R COMPTENT 1000VIRUSES WE CAN TACKLE .INDIAN SCIENTIST IN THE PROCESS OF FINDING VACCINE.
OURS IS HEAT COUNTRU VIRUSES WONT SURVIVE FOR LONG.
tekws • 3 hours ago
This virus affects people of asian race more than indians.It also affects smokers and elderly.Plus,virus can not survive in hot climate.The recovery rate for other races is very high and mortality rate less than 1%.Nothing to be afraid of at this point.India might see high infection rate in later march or april which is summer.Most of patients seem to get cured in 7 -10 days.
Kamalika Pandey • Kolkata • 3 hours ago
Immediate steps should be taken to ensure that the virus don't spread.
rinkuu • 3 hours ago
now a days everyone is taking so many precautions so that any type of virus will not affect them
Lost Indian • Aberdeen • 5 mins ago
china with all its might are still unable to contain the virus. A poor and unequipped country of our stature will be bitten to dust if the authorities does not focus seriously.
sai maharshi • 6 mins ago
DONT FEAR THERE IS NO OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE GOVERNMENT SO
TO THE PLEASE DONT MAKE IT PANIC IN THE MAIN PLATFORM OF SOCIAL MEDIA