Indian Hotels Co. Ltd (IHCL), which runs the Taj chain of hotels and resorts, on Sunday said some of its employees have been hospitalized after testing positive for covid-19.

At least 22 employees at the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower at Colaba in South Mumbai had tested positive, according to a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation official who spoke on conditions of anonymity.

IHCL said approximately 500 of its employees were tested for coronavirus in Mumbai, without confirming the number of infections. “Those who have tested positive mostly were asymptomatic showing absolutely no signs of illness,” IHCL said in a statement. “However, staff testing positive and symptomatic were duly hospitalized and others who were in contact with them have immediately been put in quarantine in accordance with World Health Organization (WHO) norms and guidelines issued by the local government authorities,” IHCL said.

Taj Mahal Palace and Tower does not have any guests at present and only minimal staff in areas like housekeeping, security, maintenance and staff dining are present to ensure the upkeep and maintenance of the hotel, IHCL said.

Currently, four Taj hotels in Mumbai are hosting medical and health workers who are leading the battle against the disease.

Since the beginning of the nationwide lockdown, IHCL, the hospitality business of Tata Sons, has opened its Taj luxury hotels for medical fraternity and health workers in the frontline of the battle against covid-19 in Mumbai. The company has offered its facilities across Taj Mahal Palace, Taj Lands End, Taj Santacruz, President, Ginger MIDC Andheri, Ginger Madgaon and Ginger Noida City Center.

The IHCL has also provided nearly 400,000 meals so far to doctors, health workers and migrant workers.

Due to such initiatives, the company had ramped up testing requirements for its employees. “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,” IHCL said.

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