Next TV anchor tests negative for virus after colleague tragic passing

TAIPEI (The China Post) — News Anchor Hsu Yau-yun (許耀云) posted a photo of her wearing a mask while reporting the news on Facebook on Wednesday and expressed her thoughts toward the epidemic.

“I broadcast news every day, but I never thought that I would suddenly be surrounded by the virus,” she said, “I never thought that one day I would wear a mask to report the news”.

The news anchor also revealed that the results of her COVID-19 screening were negative and thanked everyone for their concern while wishing for her colleagues’ safety.

News Anchor Hsu Yau-yun (許耀云) posted a photo of her wearing a mask while reporting the news on Facebook on Wednesday and expressed her thoughts toward the epidemic. (Screengrab from 許耀云/Facebook)

The Taipei City Government requested that all of Next TV’s (壹電視) employees are tested for COVID-19 on Wednesday, following the discovery of sudden virus-related death among one of their photographers.

The photographer was found dead in a restroom at Next TV’s broadcasting station on Monday and was confirmed to have been infected by COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Of the 166 people tested from Next TV, 11 were initially tested positive for COVID-19. It was later announced that the 11 people tested negative after taking PCR tests, which is a more accurate assessment.