23 journalists test positive for COVID-19 in Telangana

South India

COVID-19 test results shocked the media in Hyderabad after 23 journalists covering various beats, tested positive on Sunday. 


23 journalists were among 237 people testing positive for the COVID-19 in Telangana on Sunday, pushing the state's tally to 4,974.

This is the first time that journalists in such a large number have tested positive in a single day.

Out of the state's tally of 4,974 cases, 449 were registered among migrants, deportees and foreign returnees.

Of the new cases reported on Sunday, Greater Hyderabad accounted for 195 cases. The remaining cases were reported from 15 other districts.

Three deaths were also reported during a 24-hour period. With this, the death toll has mounted to 185.

On June 7, a 36-year-old TV journalist had died of COVID-19 and about a dozen journalists had already tested positive.

“So far, 60 journalists have contracted the disease while one succumbed to the disease”, said Telangana Health Minister's Office.

According to the Health Minister's office, among 140 journalists whose samples were collected, 23 journalists were tested positive for coronavirus.

Most media organisations have asked their staff to work from home, ever since the lockdown. The biggest brunt has been borne by the field staff.

Meanwhile, one more employee at the Telangana Secretariat tested positive. A staff member in the Information Technology Department was found infected by the virus. The Secretariat has already seen few COVID-19 cases among the employees. 

The officials have already installed thermal scanner cameras to check the body temperature of the employees before allowing them into BRK Bhavan. The entry of visitors has also been restricted into the Secretariat.

On Sunday, Nizamabad Rural MLA Bajireddy Goverdhan also found infected by the virus. He was admitted to a hospital in Hyderabad for treatment.

Earlier, TRS MLA from Jangaon, Muttireddy Yadgiri Reddy had tested positive. His wife, driver, gunman and cook too found to be infected. Security guards and personal assistants of politicians and top officials were also affected by COVID-19.

Finance Minister Harish Rao went into self-quarantine after his personal assistant in his constituency Siddipet tested positive. Though the minister tested negative, he went into self-quarantine at his house as a precautionary measure.

The CM held a high-level review meeting here on Pragathi Bhavan on Sunday on the spread of the coronavirus and the containment measures.

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao declared that it was decided to contain the spread of coronavirus with strict measures in Hyderabad and its surrounding areas. 

He also declared that 50,000 coronavirus tests would be conducted in 30 Assembly segments of Hyderabad, Rangareddy, Vikarabad, Medchel, and Sangareddy Districts in the next one week to 10 days as a precautionary measure.

“We have taken a decision to conduct tests on 50,000 people as a precaution to protect Hyderabad. People should not panic. Besides taking measures on a war footing to contain the virus, the government is in all preparedness to offer medical treatment to the patients with all the commitment and alertness,” the CM said.

According to officials, 2,377 people have so far recovered. A total of 2,412 people are currently undergoing treatment in hospitals in Telangana.


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