At least 30 media persons, mostly from the electronic media,have tested Covid-19 positive after they underwent tests at a special camporganized here last week, an office-bearer said.
TV Journalists Association President Vinod Jagdale confirmedto IANS that while the number of test reports received so far is not available,at least 30 have tested positive so far and the figures are likely to go up.
An official in the Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said that most are said to be asymptomatic cases and all have been sent to home quarantine for now while others' test results are awaited.
Following a request from the TVJA and Mantralaya &Legislature Reporters Association, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had directedthe BMC to conduct the special screening camp for media persons.
Coordinated by Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi, 171media-persons including reporters and camera persons were screened on April16-17 near the Mumbai Press Club, the reports of which have started coming.
The media persons – who mostly perform field duties – werealso given tips to ensure their personal safety in public places, wearingmasks, using sanitisers, etc in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.