COVD-19, commonly known as coronavirus has now clinched on to more regions than ever before. Originating from China, the virus has now managed to reach 84 countries and territories within two months. The epidemic is not only affecting lives but also businesses around the world. One of the latest victims of this virus is an employee of Paytm, India’s largest digital payment platform. And thus as a precautionary measure, the firm has shut down all its offices across the country.
As per a Paytm spokesperson (via IANS), the employee who tested positive for coronavirus had recently returned from Italy after a vacation. This particular employee is part of the company’s Gurugram office. He is currently being given appropriate treatment and his team members have been advised to get health tests done immediately. As a precaution, Paytm has also shut down its offices to sanitize them and has advised employees to work from home for a couple of days. Further, the company has confirmed that this will not affect their services in any way and operations will continue as usual.
Other than Paytm, Indian IT giants like Wipro, TCS, HCL, and Nearbuy have also announced plans to look after their employees. Wipro, for instance has suspended employee travel to most affected nations such as China, Hong Kong, and Macau. Nearbuy, on the other hand, has decided to close its Gurugram office for at least 14 days and has asked its employees to work from home. Whereas, TCS and HCL did not go deep in their announcements but did assure they are working to tackle the spread of coronavirus. Smartphone launch events on ground have also been cancelled in wake of the spreading infection.