968 infected and 1 dead are SBI staff, while among private banks, 390 of Axis Bank staff tested positive
More than 3,000 bank employees in Odisha have tested positive for COVID-19 till September 30 and 14 have died, as per the State Level Bankers' Committee (SLBC).
Of the 3,066 bank employees who tested positive, a majority – 968 infected and one dead are staff of the State Bank of India (SBI). Among private banks, Axis Bank had 390 staff test positive; private banks on the whole have not seen any employee deaths.
Details are as per a letter by SLBC Convenor Arupananda Jena on October 04, ANI reported.
The Odisha Gramya Bank has recorded three employee deaths – the highest in a single bank.
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