India: Banks And Tech Firms Set Up 'War Rooms' To Protect Their Staff

IT firms in Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and other Indian cities run backroom operations for some of the world's biggest financial firms, including Goldman Sachs and Standard Chartered.

Now, these banks are setting up Covid "war rooms" in a bid to secure oxygen, medicine and hospital beds for their workers in India.

Reuters news agency reports they have the infrastructure in place to vaccinate thousands of employees and their families when age restrictions are lifted next month.

It adds that workers at huge tech firms like Accenture and Wipro say teams are working up to 14 hours a day and struggling to deliver on projects as staff call in sick and take time off to care for friends and relatives.