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28 Zee Media employees test positive for Covid-19

Confirming the development, the Hindi news channel said the newsroom, office and studio have been sealed for sanitisation

Twenty-eight employees of Zee Media have tested positive for Covid-19, the company said in a statement. The fresh cases come after one of the employees tested positive last Friday.

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Sudhir Chaudhary, Editor-in-Chief, Zee News, said, “The global pandemic has now become a personal story for Zee Media. Last Friday, one of our colleagues tested positive for Covid-19. As a responsible organisation, we initiated mass testing of all those who could have been in direct or indirect contact with the said individual.”

“So far, 28 of our team mates have tested positive. Fortunately, most of them are asymptomatic and not complaining of any discomfort. We believe this is because of early diagnosis and pro-active intervention,” he added.

The media house has followed practices to break the cycle and is in coordination with the government and health authorities, it said. “Our office, newsroom and studios have been sealed for sanitisation. The Zee News team has been shifted to an alternative facility for the time being,” the statement added.

The statement said testing norms have been relaxed to test asymptomatic people. “This might lead to a greater number of Covid-19 cases being identified, isolated and treated. We believe this is the best way to fight the pandemic. Since Noida has lot of containment zones, aggressive testing, isolation and treatment is the only way to ensure the safety of teammates,” Chaudhary added.

Expressing concern for the employees, Chaudhary said they are committed to the safety of each of them. "These are challenging times but Covid-19 has not been able to shake the morale of the team. Zee Media is raring to go, as always. We assure our viewers that our fearless coverage will continue. Such challenges will not be able to break our resolve to discharge our duties with utmost sincerity and unmatched passion. We wish all our employees a speedy recovery," the statement said.

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