2 SAP employees from Bengaluru tested positive for H1N1 virus; company shut for extensive sanitation
In Bengaluru, two SAPemployees were tested positive for swine flu (H1N1). Following this, the SAP offices in India have been shut.
Bengaluru: Two SAP India employees based in RMZ Ecoworld office tested positive for swine flu (H1N1).
German software giant SAP on February 20 shut down their offices in India for an "extensive sanitation" after two employees tested positive for H1N1 swine flu at its Bengaluru headquarters, the company said. It also added that the employees could work from home from February 20-28.
The software major temporarily closed their main office in Bengaluru and two other locations — Gurgaon and Mumbai — and asked hundreds of staff to work from home until further notice amid an ongoing global crisis caused by deadly COVID-19 virus infection.
H1N1 in 2019:
In June 2019, the ministry of health and family welfare had said that a total of 1,076 people had lost their lives due to H1N1 virus across the country in the year 2019 (until June 23), while the number of those infected by it stood at 26,140.
Rajasthan had reported the highest number of cases (5,021) and deaths (205), the ministry had said in the Lok Sabha, adding that Maharashtra recorded the second-highest number of deaths (189), while 1,692 cases were reported.
Swine flu is an infection caused by one of several swine influenza viruses (SIV), with the H1N1 strain being the most common across the country.
It is a self-limiting viral, air-borne disease, which spreads from person to person, through large droplets generated due to coughing and sneezing, indirect contact by touching a contaminated object or surface and close contact, including handshaking and hugging.