As coronavirus cases rise in Noida, Times of India report calls Zee News a 'major cluster'

As coronavirus cases rise in Noida, Times of India report calls Zee News a 'major cluster'

Noida now has 90 positive cases and the majority have been traced to the Sector 16 office of the media house, according to the report.

By NL Team

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The coronavirus outbreak among employees of Zee Media has been deemed a "cluster" by a Times of India report today.

The newspaper had a report headlined, "Noida sees steepest weekly rise in cases from 2 clusters". Interestingly, the online version of the story was headlined, "Noida saw 90 cases in a week, most are from rural clusters".

According to the report, the number of weekly cases has almost doubled in Noida, from 51 to 90 in 14 days. It said "a majority of them have been reported from the Sector 16 office of a media house. With 50 employees testing positive so far, including 31 from Noida, the media house is slowly emerging as a major cluster in the city".

Last week, Newslaundry reported on how Zee News became a Covid-19 hotspot, and how its management was lax in enforcing safety protocols and guidelines prescribed by the Indian government to prevent the virus from spreading.

This included how the channel's editor-in-chief, Sudhir Chaudhary, told employees: “I don’t want to listen to any more complaints about someone’s fever or cough from tomorrow. Remember this: all of you will recover from the fever, but for the one who complains, it will never be the same.”

Newslaundry also reported on how an office WhatsApp group shows abject negligence towards social distancing and employee safety. Also, the channel's first Covid-19 case wasn't in May but in April, but no one else was tested or quarantined.

The Zee News office was sealed on May 25 for "sanitization and containment of the disease".


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