Coronavirus pandemic: IOA staff to work from home starting next week
'The IOA will start work from home facility for its staff from Monday. We are currently ensuring that all back-up systems are in place for a smooth functioning from home,' an IOA member said.
New Delhi: The staffers at the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) will be asked to 'work from home' from the next week with the sports body set to suspend majority of its operations from its headquarters in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.
"The IOA will start work from home facility for its staff from Monday. We are currently ensuring that all back-up systems are in place for a smooth functioning from home," an IOA member told PTI.
"The coronavirus is becoming serious day by day and we can't risk our employees."
The virus outbreak has already forced the Indian cricket board (BCCI) to temporarily shut its headquarters in Mumbai. The BCCI asked its employees to work from home on 16 March.
The IOA member also said some of the staff in the finance department will have to come to the office in between since March is a financial year-end month.
"From Monday it will start but some of the finance department workers will have to attend office after 25 March to clear all our pending dues and settle accounts."
"Like any other professional organisation, we will go by the government's advisory on this matter," the member said.
The total number of cases reported worldwide so far stands at more than 2,18,800, with at least 8,800 deaths.
Among the eight regions of Maharashtra, the Pune region reported the highest 1,483 new COVID-19 cases, followed by 970 cases in the Mumbai region
On 9 February, Maharashtra had reported 2,515 new COVID-19 cases, while 22 deaths were registered on 8 March
Mumbai reported 357 new cases and seven deaths, which took its tally to 7,35,055 and fatality count to 16,022