Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) expresses concern over the news of a city based media person, who has been tested positive for novel coronavirus and wishes his quick recovery.
Prahlad Kumar Agarwal, aged 55, has been working as the printer- publisher of Hindi daily newspaper Nishpaksha Samachar Jyoti. Identified as the first Covid-19 case in State media fraternity, Agarwal has yet no recent history of travelling.
A resident of Jib Nihar apartment in Tarun Nagar locality of the city, Prahlad Kumar is presently admitted to the special unit of Guwahati medical college hospital and currently keeping well. Family sources informed that he’s suspected to urge the infection from one of a friends of him, who tuned positive for novel coronavirus recently.
India as a nation has been growing its tally of corona infected media persons within the recent past as over 20 journalists in Hyderabad recently tested positive for Covid-19. Telengana itself reports over 70 corona cases within the media fraternity, where half them are still within the hospitals. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Delhi, etc also added nearly hundred Covid-positive cases among media families.
“While appreciating Assam government for announcing Rs 50 lakh insurance cover to journalists reporting on the pandemic, we also appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce similar benefits to the media persons across the country,” said a press release issued by JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria adding that the responsible media would extend all possible supports to the fight against the corona outbreak.