53 Mumbai journalists test positive for COVID-19

A majority of those infected contracted the virus while covering the Dharavi area for coronavirus news

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Apr 20, 2020 5:29 PM

The TV Journalists Association in Mumbai along with the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) ran a camp for journalists to test them for coronavirus. On Monday, test results showed that 53 out of the 167 scribes tested are COVID-19 positive.

On April 17, the BMC used COVID-19 testing kits on news professionals, including TV journalists, camera persons, photographers, digital media reporters, OB van engineers and three drivers, at the camp.

Of the 53 journalists who have been tested positive, most contracted the infection while covering the Dharavi area. The infected are mostly television journalists from TV9, News Nation, ABP News, TV9 Bharatvarsh, ETV Bharat. The list also includes some newspaper reporters and agency photographers.

For the journalists who couldn’t make it to the test last week, there will be another camp this week.

“We have requested authorities to keep the journalists in good quarantine facilities and the mayor has assured us of doing the same,” said Vinod Jagdale, president at the TV Journalists Association in Mumbai.

Despite practising all safety measures and precautions while fulfilling their duties a week ago, four employees at Mirror Now and two support staff members have tested positive. Following BMC guidance, they were shifted to the mandatory quarantine facility at a private hospital in Mumbai and are reportedly doing fine.

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