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Two Bajaj Auto workers die of corona; 140 others found positive

Covid-19 claimed the lives to two workers of Bajaj Auto working at the companys Waluj, Aurangabad factory and 140 others found positive according to reports published in media.

Bajaj Auto has informed workers that the plant operations excluding exports, despatch and spares division, would not be operational on Saturday followed by the weekly off on Sunday and that the plant would be resuming normal operations on Monday.

The company said it reported the first case on June 6 and has taken all necessary measures for testing, contact tracing, self-isolation and complete sanitisation as per protocol, and all incidences were reported to the appropriate authorities. We have more than 8,100 employees and contractors employed in our Waluj plant. Our current incidence of 140 cases of Covid is less than 2% of our strength. Two of our infected employees with underlying conditions of hypertension and diabetes have unfortunately succumbed to the infection, said Ravi Kyran Ramasamy, CHRO, Bajaj Auto, said.

Workers and their family members numbering around 200-plus were in 14-day quarantine, sources close to these developments said. Around four are in critical condition but details remain unconfirmed. Though workers were worried and keen on a longer shutdown period at the plant, the company was keen on continuing operations and maintaining production levels. The company has been riding on the back of high export numbers after it started operations after lockdown. The Waluj plant makes three wheelers and the smaller motorcycle range that are largely exported.