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CoronaVirus: One more techie in Hyderabad tests positive; India count now at 29

An employee of a global science-based company DSM Shared Services is diagnosed with Coronavirus (Covid-19), the company said in a statement. 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.
 
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.
 
Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus cases in India has now shot up to 29. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan today announced that out of 21 Italian nationals, 16 of them have been found positive for coronavirus. They have been sent to Indo-Tibetan Border Police's (ITBP) quarantine facility in Chhawla. 
 
Besides, six family members of the Delhi man who was infected with coronavirus have also been tested positive for the virus that has killed more than 3,000 people globally so far. 
 
Breakup of coronavirus cases in India:
Delhi: 1
 
Agra: 6 (Relatives of the Delhi patient)
 
Telangana: 2 (Two techies who returned from Dubai & Italy, respectively)
 
Kerala: 3 (All of them have recovered)
 
Jaipur: 17 (16 Italians and an Indian driver)

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