53 mediapersons test coronavirus positive in Mumbai

At least 53 mediapersons from Mumbai have tested positive for coronavirus, a city civic official said on Monday.During a special camp organised at the Azad Maidan here on April 16 and 17 for COVID-19 testing of scribes, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) collected swab samples of 171 mediapersons, including electronic and print media journalists, photographers and cameramen.

"Out of the 171 mediapersons, 53 tested positive forcoronavirus," BMC spokesperson Vijay Khabale said, adding that most ofthose who tested positive are asymptomatic at present. All the mediapersonsfound infected with coronavirus will be kept in isolation and a process wasunderway to find out suitable places to the purpose, he said.

Efforts were also on to trace their high and low riskcontacts.Till Sunday, Mumbai recorded 2,724 coronaviruscases and 132 deaths due to the disease.

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