A total of 12 employees of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited have been tested positive between July 1st and 7th. One of them had to succumb to the disease.
According to the public defense company, one employee who passed away had comorbidities but refused to reveal the date of his passing away. Gopal Sutar, the spokesperson of HAL said,
“The 45-year-old employee had underlying health conditions and was admitted to the HAL hospital. He was tested positive after an autopsy was performed and samples were sent for testing. HAL is taking all steps to ensure all protocols related to COVID-19 are followed as per the updated Ministry of Home Affairs Guidelines. After the autopsy was performed on the employee who died, they tested positive.”
The spokesperson also assured that the HAL hospitals are well equipped with beds and have been reserved for patients with COVID-19 symptoms. He said,
“At workplaces, measures are taken to ensure social distancing, compulsory wearing of masks, complete and frequent sanitization of entire working areas, temperature monitoring of everyone who enters.”
Well before the announcement of the lockdown, HAL had shut down its facilities on the 22nd of March. It reopened on the 29th of April after the government declared it an essential service. HAL issued a statement that read,
“We work in staggered shifts, have suspended biometric attendance and sanitization of all work areas in between and during the shifts are done frequently. HAL has introduced an IT platform for agile video conferencing and online applications to minimize physical interaction as well.”
Police Personnel Tested Positive
However, HAL refused to reveal the details of how many primary and secondary contacts of the positively tested patients are under the radar. According to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, there are 40 cases in the HAL ward and said that it is taking time to find the contacts as cases have drastically increased in the last two weeks.
Along with HAL employees, the police personnel of the HAL police station has also tested positive for the novel coronavirus. An inspector, one sub-inspector, four head constables, a woman constable, and seven staff of the HAL police station have tested positive.
Source: The News Minute