Amid coronavirus outbreak, the Karnataka government has advised city-based companies to allow their employees to work from home if they have flu-like symptoms. "Those employees having flu-like symptoms may be allowed to work from home with the advice of standard hand hygiene and cough etiquette," the Health Department said in its advisory. The advisory asked people to avoid non-essential travel to COVID-19 affected countries and refrain from travel to China, Iran, Republic of Korea, Italy and Japan.
"Employees other than those restricted countries arriving directly or indirectly from China, South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy, Hong Kong, Maccau, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nepal, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, the UAE and Qatar must undergo medical screening at airport entry," the advisory read.
The government advisory also mandated employees arriving through all international flights entering lndia from any port to furnish duly filled self-declaration form, including personal particulars - phone numbers and address in India, and travel history to health officials and immigration officials.
It also appealed to promote regular and thorough hand washing at workplaces and keeping sanitising hand rub dispensers (alcohol-based) in prominent places and provide access to places where staff can wash their hands with soap and water.
Companies have been asked to promote good respiratory hygiene and ensure the availability of surgical masks and paper tissues at workplaces only for those who develop a running nose or cough at work along with closed bins for their hygienic disposal.
Meanwhile, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Commissioner BH Anil Kumar chaired a meeting on Wednesday regarding the preparedness to deal with coronavirus.