Guwahati Press Club Distributes Protective Personal Hygiene Kit Among Journalists to Deal with Corona Reporting

Guwahati Press Club Distributes Protective Personal Hygiene Kit Among Journalists to Deal with Corona Reporting

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Guwahati, April 3, 2020:

The Guwahati Press Club (GPC) on Friday launched a distribution drive of protective-personal hygiene kit to journalists, who are working despite the high risk of getting infected with coronavirus.

The protective-personal hygiene kit comprises a protective jacket, pocket sanitizer (100ml), surgical hand gloves and masks, besides a bottle of hand sanitizer (1000 ml for office use).

The Press Club's aim through the distribution drive is to cater to the journalists who are reporting from the field and have been at the forefront of the battle against coronavirus.

"Since journalists, including reporters, video and photo journalists (Print, electronic and New media) are working in a high exposure environment, GPC feels that it is imperative for them to protect themselves," stated the Press Club.

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"We also place on record our gratitude to the Airports Authority of India, North East Region, particularly Mr Sanjeev Jindal, the Regional Executive Director of AAI (NER) for supporting the cause and providing GPC the much-needed help," added the GPC.

“We appreciate the efforts put in by the members of the four pillar of democracy in our fight against the pandemic and it is therefore equally important for them to stay safe and protected. The AAI is extremely happy to have collaborated with the Guwahati Press Club,” said Jindal.

The city press club also extended its gratitude to Pradip Puri of SP Enterprise for contributing to the cause of distributing protective-personal hygiene kit to journalists.

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It may be mentioned here that Assam Health and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced that as many as 4 more people have tested positive for the new coronavirus or COVID-19. With the earlier 16, the total number of positive cases in Assam has now risen to 20.

Among the fresh cases, 3 are from Nalbari and 1 of the patients is from South Salmari district. The Assam Minister has said that all 4 cases are associated with the Nizamuddin Markaz incident.

This information has been confirmed merely days after the state reported its first confirmed case of the corona, a 52-year old businessman from Karimganj district who has been admitted at the Silchar Medical College (SMC).

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Subsequently, the Government has confirmed 15 more cases, taking the total tally to 16. Others orginating from the state who are currently living elsewhere are also said to have tested negative.

Meanwhile, after the confirmation of the first case in Assam, two cases have also been registered in Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh. Both cases reportedly have links to the Nizamuddin Markaz incident.

It may be mentioned here that the Delhi-based headquarter of Tablighi Jamaat, an evangelical Muslim sect, in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area has emerged as the new hotspot for coronavirus infection, thereby posing as a threat across the country.

Attendees from Indonesia, Malaysia, Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya had participated in the Tablighi Jamaat annual congregation amid the nationwide lockdown. According to reports, 24 out of these have tested positive for COVID-19 and 200 others have shown symptoms of the virus. As many as 1,400 people are believed to have been exposed to the virus now.

It has been reported that the first indications of the Tablighi Jamaat site being a source of the disease came in the middle of last week when officials in four regions – Andaman, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kashmir – began working back the travel histories of patients who tested positive there.

Eight of these, including seven who went to Hyderabad and one who went to Srinagar, have died of the disease. According to reports, all of them had been to the building in Nizamuddin – also referred to as a markaz — which shares a boundary with the police station and is close to the famous Nizamuddin Auliya shrine.

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Edited By: Admin
Published On: Apr 04, 2020