JFA expresses concern over corona infection to City-based newspaper publisher

Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) expresses concern over the report of a city-based media person tested positive for novel coronavirus and wishes his early recovery. Prahlad Kumar Agarwal, 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 however no immediate travel history.

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 presently keeping well. Family sources informed that he is suspected to get the infection from one of his friends, who turned positive for novel coronavirus few days back.

“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 statement 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.

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