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Mumbai, April 12, 2020
Several employees of the Taj Group of hotels in Mumbai have tested positive for COVID-19 after around 500 were tested in the past few days, officials said here on Sunday.
"Those who have tested positive were mostly asymptomatic, showing absolutely no signs of illness. However, staff testing positive and symptomatic were duly hospitalized," said a spokesperson for IHCL.
The others who were in contact with them have immediately been put in quarantine facilities as per WHO and government guidelines.
The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, opposite Gateway of India, do not have any guests presently in view of the lockdown, barring minimum staff in key areas.
The development came days after IHCL threw open its doors to doctors and other health workers, housing them in five of its hotels in Mumbai, and one each in Goa and Noida.
Besides, the hotels are providing quarantine facilities in some states and have given around 400,000 meals till now to medicos, health workers and migrants.
"The safety of our associates and their families remain paramount during these unprecedented times. In keeping with our values of being a responsible company and as a matter of abundant precaution, we have been proactively ramping up testing criteria for our employees, especially those who are in the front lines at these times," said the spokesperson.