New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The office of Air India situated in New Delhi was sealed on Tuesday for two days after an employee of the airlines tested positive for the coronavirus. Post the news of him being testing positive, it was decided that everyone, including the Chairman and Managing Director of Air India, will work from home.

The man who tested positive for COVID-19 is in home quarantine and the office is being sanitised, the national carrier said on Tuesday.

"As Air India accords top priority to the safety and well-being of its employees, the building will be closed for sanitisation adhering to protocol. All support is being extended to the employee concerned," the airline said in a statement.

According to a report by Hindustan Times, the employee was tested positive of May 7, through the RT-PCR test in New Delhi. The employee first developed fever, but after medication, the fever subsided. However, he developed soar throat and respiratory symptoms within few days.

After the soar throat and respiratory problems, he got himself tested for the COVID-19 on Sunday and was sent to Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital in Delhi after the test. “However, the doctors at RML prescribed him medicines and advised him to watch for any change of condition and recommended home quarantine,” an Air India official as quoted by Hindustan Times said.

Meanwhile, a technician and a tug driver of an Air India subsidiary again tested positive for the coronavirus. “The airline is in touch with the employees,” added the official.

Earlier on Monday, five pilots of Air India along with two technical staff who had earlier tested positive for coronavirus have tested negative for the infection. According to sources, the new results were obtained after a re-test was conducted on the positive cases under Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of the airline.

"The 5 pilots have tested negative for the virus during the re-testing," an airline source said as quoted by IANS.

The pilots had tested coronavirus positive when 77 pilots of the airline were tested on a priority basis on Saturday. All the five pilots didn't have any symptoms and would be home quarantined in Mumbai, people in the know said.

These pilots operated Boeing 787 Dreamliners aircraft, and were tested to be deployed for duty under the Vande Bharat Mission to ferry back Indians stranded abroad. The national carrier has also been engaged in transport of essential medical supplies amid the pandemic.

Starting May 7, Air India has been engaged in one of the largest rescue operations in the world, whereby 64 flights would bring back over 14,000 people stranded in 12 countries in 7 days. Many Indians have already arrived in several cities under the Mission.


(With IANS Inputs)

Posted By: Talib Khan