CORONAVIRUS/Two more workers at Next TV test positive for COVID-19
Taipei, June 11 (CNA) Another two employees at Next TV Broadcasting in Taipei have tested positive for COVID-19, during on-site screening, following the death of one of its photographers from the disease, the city government said Friday.
Over the past two days, 355 workers at the media organization have been tested, and the two who have been confirmed as infected are now in quarantine at a government-designated facility, the city government said.
On Wednesday, the city government set up a testing station on the Next TV compound in Neihu District after a photographer was found dead in the office building and a postmortem COVID-19 test confirmed that he had contracted the disease.
As of Friday, Next TV had not released any information about the two new cases among its employees, but other local media reported that they were a photojournalist and a satellite news gathering (SNG) technician.
The Next TV trade union said in a statement Friday that it had not been informed of the two latest infections and that many of its members have had to rely on other media reports for information about the COVID-19 situation in the company.
The statement followed a call by the union Wednesday for Next TV to guarantee the continued pay of infected employees and contacts who have to go into quarantine or self-isolation.
The company has denied trying to withhold information about the latest COVID-19 developments among its staff, saying they have been asked to observe preventive measures while awaiting instructions from the city government.
Meanwhile, 15 NGOs and trade unions representing journalists and other media workers in Taiwan issued a joint statement Wednesday, urging the government to include frontline media workers on the priority list for COVID-19 vaccination.
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