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Jakarta Post

Three journalists dead, 57 test positive for COVID-19 in Surabaya

  • Nina Loasana


Jakarta   /   Wed, July 15 2020   /  01:00 am
Sejumlah kendaraan bermotor melintas di Jalan Wonokromo, Surabaya, Jawa Timur, Selasa (9/6/2020). Pada hari pertama masa transisi normal baru di Surabaya arus kendaraan di pusat kota Surabaya terpantau ramai dan lancar. (Antara/Didik Suhartono)

Three journalists have died of COVID-19 and more than 50 others have tested positive for the disease in Surabaya, East Java, the Surabaya branch of the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) has claimed. "So far 57 media workers have tested positive for COVID-19 through PCR [polymerase chain reaction] tests. We also found six people whose rapid test results were reactive,” AJI Surabaya head Miftah Faridl told The Jakarta Post on Monday Although Miftah did not identify the three dead journalists, he said that 54 of the 57 postive cases were employees of the Surabaya branch of national radio broadcaster Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI). According to Faridl, RRI management had cooperated with the Surabaya Health Agency to carry out PCR tests on hundreds of RRI employees on June 26. However, since they had not received the results after some time, the management decided ...