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Offices can resume work after disinfection if COVID-19 cases reported in premises

The Union health ministry has issued new ‘SOPs to contain spread of COVID-19 in offices’ and according to these, if one or two cases are reported, the disinfection procedure will be limited to the areas occupied and visited by the patient in the last 48 hours.

In order to contain the spread of COVID-19 in office settings, the Union Health Ministry’s fresh guidelines for workplace mentions: “If there are one or two COVID-19 cases reported at a workplace, the disinfection procedure will be limited to places/areas occupied and visited by the patient in past 48 hours and work can be resumed after disinfection as per laid down protocol.”

The guidelines further mentioned that in case of a larger number of COVID-19 cases are being reported at the workplace, the whole block or building, as the case may be, should be disinfected.

Officers and staff residing in containment zones should inform the same to their supervisory officer and not attend office till the containment zone is denotified.

Such staff should be permitted to work from home, the new SOPs stated.

Offices in containment zones shall remain closed except for medical and essential services and only those outside will be allowed to open up, the document said. – TNC

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