The Print had to close its office at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg in Delhi on Monday after a staffer was “suspected” to be infected with coronavirus.
The staffer was tested upon entering Assam on May 28, and has now been quarantined in the Northeastern state.
The news website closed its offices for disinfection and sanitisation because the employee in question had visited the premises last week to collect equipment for the assignment in Assam.
The organisation’s staff were alerted about the development on Sunday. “Hi, a colleague who was in office briefly during the middle of last week is suspected to be Covid positive. While more tests are being done to confirm this, we are sanitising and disinfecting the office tomorrow as a precautionary measure,” a senior editor at the news website said in a note. “As a result, the office will be shut tomorrow and everyone will work from home. Will update you tomorrow about Tuesday. Thanks and stay safe!”
About a third of the Print staffers – mostly reporters and the video team – have been working out of their office since May 11. Other departments such as the copy desk, HR and marketing have been working from home.
At least two Print staffers had tested positive for the virus in Gujarat in April.
It's not clear if any other employee would be tested following last week’s development.
Newslaundry contacted the Print’s HR for clarity on the matter, but they declined to comment.
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