30 media persons, mostly from the electronic media, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Mumbai after they underwent tests at a special camp organized here last week.
TV Journalists Association President Vinod Jagdale confirmedthat while the number of test reports received so far is not available, atleast 30 have tested positive so far and the figures are likely to go up.
An official in the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)said that most are said to be asymptomatic cases and all have been sent to homequarantine 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, 171 media-persons including reporters and camera-persons were screened on April 16-17 near the Mumbai Press Club, the reports of which have started coming.
The media persons who mostly perform field duties – were also given tips to ensure their personal safety in public places, wearing masks, using sanitizers, etc in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.