At least 53 Journalists from Mumbai have been tested positive for COVID-19. This development comes at a time when the country's financial capital has become a Coronavirus hotspot, having the highest number of reported cases in the country. The risk of contracting the virus by reporters on the field was well established and prompted the Mumbai Press Club in collaboration with the Maharashtra state government and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to initiate testing of reporters.
"We had sent 167 journalists, including cameramen and photojournalists, for testing, out of whom 53 tested positives for COVID-19. The number could go up" said Amey Ghole, a member of the BMC's Health Committee. "Journalists alongside medical professionals and other essential services have been at the forefront of the nation's fight against COVID-19, contracting the virus was an unfortunate consequence of reporting the developments throughout the city," said a senior reporter about this development.
Senior Journalist Ashok Bagriya tweeted that an entire team of reporters from a TV news channel in the city tested positive. The state of Maharashtra has reported the highest number of Coronavirus cases in the country. As of Monday, 4,203 people have tested positive of the virus in the state; these numbers include 223 deaths. According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 2,700 of Maharashtra's COVID-19 numbers come from Mumbai.