BH CORRESPONDENT, Mumbai: At least 53 media persons from Mumbai have tested positive for coronavirus, a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said on Monday.
The BMC had collected swab samples of 171 media persons, including electronic and print media journalists, photographers and cameramen.
“Out of the 171 media persons, 53 tested positive for coronavirus,” BMC spokesperson Vijay Khabale said, adding that most of them who tested positive are asymptomatic at present.
These 53 journalists include cameramen, reporters of news channels and photojournalists. All the media persons found infected with coronavirus will be kept in isolation and a process was underway to find out suitable places to the purpose, he said.
The media persons – who mostly perform field duties – were also given tips to ensure their personal safety in public places, wearing masks, using sanitisers, etc in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Efforts were also on to trace their high and low-risk contacts.
On Monday, Maharashtra recorded 4,203 coronavirus cases and 223 deaths due to the disease.