Covid: I&B ministry advice mediapersons to take precautions measures

New Delhi: In wake of incidents of mediapersons across the country getting infected from COVID-19, the government on Wednesday advised journos to take due precautions while performing their duties.
In an advisory issued to mediapersons covering COVID-19 related incidents, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said, ”In light of the recent incidents in various parts of the country, wherein mediapersons have contracted COVID19 in line of work, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has advised that media persons including reporters, cameramen, photographers etc, who are covering incidents relating to COVID-19 in various parts of the country and are involved in travel to, among other places, containment zones, hotspots and other COVID affected areas, may take due health and related precautions while performing their duties.”
The Ministry has also requested the management of media houses to take necessary care of their field staff as well as office staff.
The advisory has been issued after several mediapersons in Maharashtra tested positive for COVID-19.
During a special camp organised at the Azad Maidan in Mumbai 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 media persons, 53 have tested positive for coronavirus.
Some journalists from a Tamil news TV channel in Chennai tested positive for the infection in a fresh incident involving scribes.
The advisory comes a day after the governments of Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Delhi decided to arrange Covid-19 tests for mediapersons.