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Norms violation puts workplaces at risk

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Karam Prakash

Tribune News Service

Patiala, July 28

Occupational sites, where human activities are on, are fast becoming a source of infection in the district, officials of the Health Department said.

The latest case is of Qila Chowk branch of the State Bank of India (SBI) where 12 staff members tested positive for Covid-19. Official sources said social distancing norms were not being followed, which led to the spread.

The infection from this branch also spread to another branch of the SBI from where a staff member got infected. Both bank branches have been sealed till further orders.

A peon of the Qila Chowk branch, who had recovered from the infection two months ago, again tested positive for the virus.

Similarly, 14 officials of the Excise Department had tested positive two weeks ago. Another such instance of spread at the workplace was reported from a car dealer’s premises in Nabha, where 18 staffers had got infected.

District Epidemiologist Dr Sumeet Singh said they were finding cases mostly in household contacts or workplaces such as banks, shops, offices, labs and clinics.

He said: “We have to ensure that sick employees are not allowed to join duty. Employees should not sit together to have lunch or tea in offices. However, despite awareness drives and personal communication with the offices, norms are not being followed in letter and spirit.”

Patiala Civil Surgeon Dr Harish Malhotra said there had been spread in offices, including government departments. “The guidelines are not being followed strictly. Therefore, occupational sites are the worst hit,” he said.



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