53 mediapersons test COVID-19 positive in Mumbai

At least 53 mediapersons from Mumbai have tested positive for coronavirus, a city civic official said.

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 mediapersons, 53 tested positive for coronavirus," BMC spokesperson Vijay Khabale said, adding that most of those who tested positive are asymptomatic at present.

All the mediapersons found infected with coronavirus will be kept in isolation and a process was underway to find out suitable places to the purpose, he said.

Till Sunday, Mumbai recorded 2,724 coronavirus cases and 132 deaths due to the disease.