TV crews to get tested every 15 days amid rising COVID-19 cases

The Film and TV Producers Council of India said on Sunday that it has asked crew members to undergo tests after stopping several cases of coronovirus on the set every 15 days.

With the increase in overall COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra, film and television sets have been badly affected. While Akshay Kumar, along with 45 Ram Setu crew members, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, the popular TV show Wagle’s Duniya shoot was canceled a day earlier when several of its actors contracted the virus .

To avoid such a scenario, producers of ongoing projects have been asked to perform RT-PCR / antigen testing immediately on the entire crew. Accordingly, the producers conducted tests and submitted reports. The Film and TV Producers Council of India has received confirmation that more than 9000 trials have been conducted by over 90 television shows.

According to the “Break Chain Guidelines”, the tests will be repeated after every 15 days, even though the IFTPC has insisted that antigen testing be done every week for extra safety. As suggested by IFTPC, the bio bubble on the set has also been kept for a few days now.

“Broadcasters have patiently borne the cost of testing. The producers have been urged to create a bio-bubble of the set and post production facilities for total safety, ”JD Majethia, President TV and Web Wing, IFTPC said in a statement.

The IFTPC said that it hoped that the state government would not impose any lockout or further restrictions on the film and television industry. The state government likely comes amid speculation amid statements by the IFTPC Apply long lockdown To break the chain of infection for 15 days, starting on Monday 12 April.

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