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Fake Information on a suspected case of COVID-19 in TMH on Social Media

Jamshedpur, March 20, 2020

In response to speculation and miscommunication on social media about an alleged case of COVID-19 being admitted at the Tata Main Hospital (TMH) with the pictographic representation of personal medical details of a certain patient, TMH would like to reiterate that till date, no patient in TMH has been confirmed as infected with COVID-19.

The hospital, however, is in the process of enquiring into the details about the chain of events leading to the above-mentioned miscommunication. Based on the findings, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against the concerned party/parties.

The entire medical and non-medical staff of the hospital is responding to the outbreak of the respiratory disease caused by the novel (new) coronavirus. The focus has been on the adherence to the core capacities for disease preparedness and response, which include hospital preparedness, logistics management, capacity building and appropriate communication.

We stay committed to inclusive and systematic healthcare provisions for not just the employees of Tata Steel and their families, but also for the citizen of Jamshedpur at large with zero compromise. Under the circumstances we request all concerned to please exercise caution by not spreading misinformation and/or panic; and take 100% precaution with social distancing and personal hand hygiene.

About Tata Steel

Tata Steel group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 33 million tonnes per annum. It is one of the world's most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations and commercial presence across the world. The group (excluding SEA operations) recorded a consolidated turnover of US $22.67 billion in the financial year ending March 31, 2019. In 2018, Tata Steel acquired Bhushan Steel Ltd (now renamed as Tata Steel BSL Ltd).

A Great Place to Work-Certified organisation, Tata Steel Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures, is spread across five continents with an employee base of over 65,000.

Tata Steel retained the ‘Global Steel Industry Leader’ position in the DJSI 2018. The Company has been recognised as the Climate Disclosure Leader in ‘Steel category’ by CDP (2017). Besides being a member of the World Steel Climate Action Programme, Tata Steel has won several awards including the Lighthouse recognition for its Kalinganagar Plant – a first in India, Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2016-17, ‘GreenPro’ certification for products (Tata Pravesh Steel Doors, Tata Structura, Tata Pipes) by CII, Authorized Economic Operator  (AEO) status (Tier 2) by the Directorate of International Customs (Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India), ‘Corporate Strategy Award’ by Mint (2018), Golden Peacock Award for Risk Management (2018) and Best Risk Management Framework & Systems Award (2019) by CNBC TV18. The Company also received the ‘Most Ethical Company’ award from Ethisphere Institute for the eight time (2019), Steel Sustainability Champion (2018) by the World Steel Association, Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Awards (2019), Golden Peacock HR Excellence Award by Institute of Directors (2018), ‘Best Companies To Work For’ recognition by Business Today, 'Asia's Best Integrated Report' award by the Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards (2017), among several others.

Last year, the Company launched a corporate brand campaign #WeAlsoMakeTomorrow..

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Statements in this press release describing the Company’s performance may be “forward looking statements” within the meaning of applicable securities laws and regulations. Actual results may differ materially from those directly or indirectly expressed, inferred or implied. Important factors that could make a difference to the Company’s operations include, among others, economic conditions affecting demand/supply and price conditions in the domestic and overseas markets in which the Company operates, changes in or due to the environment, Government regulations, laws, statutes, judicial pronouncements and/or other incidental factors.

Kulvin Suri

Chief, Corporate Communications-India & SEA

Tata Steel