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2 coronavirus suspects in UP test negative

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Lucknow: Two suspected patients of coronavirus from Uttar Pradesh have tested negative for the deadly virus.

One of the patients was in Maharajganj and the other was from Ghazipur. Both were studying medicine in the Chinese city of Wuhan and had returned to their homes some time ago.

Director, communicable diseases, Mithlesh Chaturvedi, said that while the reports of the two suspects had been received, the report of the third suspect from Ghaziabad is awaited.

“The Ghaziabad patient has been quarantined in her home. We will wait for next 28 days before they are declared healthy,” Chaturvedi said.

The blood, mucus and spit samples of the suspects were sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune and the reports were received late on Thursday.

Chief Medical Officer, Ghazipur G. C. Maurya stated the patient in his district was also a medical student at Wuhan.

“The student reached home on January 15. After the alert by the Union Health Ministry, a medical team was dispatched to screen her. But the girl was asymptomatic to coronavirus,” he said.

A high-level team of health officials and experts from World Health Organisation has reviewed the situation in the state. Doctors were imparted virtual training to combat the disease and apprised about the WHO guidelines.”

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Jobseekers fear that a layoff is imminent, 50% Focus On Self-Development

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Jobseekers from the IT, pharma, medical/healthcare and BFSI industries were less impacted by layoffs and salary cuts as compared to their counterparts from other industries.

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“The survey gives a broad direction of maintaining caution towards the future outlook of the job market. While 10 per cent jobseekers confirmed that they have been laid-off as per the survey, almost 34 per cent fear that a layoff is imminent,” said Pawan Goyal, Chief Business Officer, Naukri.com.

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“On the positive side it is heartening to see that more than 50 per cent of jobseekers are focusing on upskilling for better career opportunities and that is a sure shot way of long term career growth,” Goyal added.

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Majority of jobseekers are utilising the time at hand due to the lockdown for self-development and career advancement.

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Data science and analytics courses (22 per cent), followed by digital marketing (20 per cent), and finance and risk management (16 per cent) were among the top courses being picked up by jobseekers to up-skill themselves.

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There is a mixed feeling around layoffs and salary cuts among jobseekers.

Nearly 41 per cent of the jobseekers were positive that layoffs are not likely to happen in their organization. These jobseekers were mostly from the BFSI, IT and Pharma industries suggesting a relatively higher job security sentiment in these industries.

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“On the other hand, 59 per cent of the jobseekers, mostly from the airlines, hospitality, ecommerce and BPO/ITES industries, confirmed that the layoffs are either already announced or most likely to happen in the coming days,” the findings showed.

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In the most impacted sectors such as airlines, hospitality and e-commerce, almost half of the jobseekers indicated that salary cuts have been announced in their companies.

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