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COVID-19: Madhya Pradesh declares journalists as ‘frontline workers’

Published: 3rd May 2021 3:31 pm

Bhopal: Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Madhya Pradesh on Monday declared media professionals accredited with the state government as ‘frontline workers’.

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While making the announcement, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said journalists were risking their lives while doing their duty during this “dangerous period of COVID-19 pandemic”.

“Therefore, we have decided to declare all accredited journalists as frontline workers in Madhya Pradesh. They will be taken care of,” Chouhan said in a video statement posted on the Twitter handle of the Chief Minister’s Office.

Around 4,000 journalists are currently accredited with the state government, according to a public relations department official.

The official said the state government was yet to decide on other modalities regarding this announcement.

Madhya Pradesh reported 12,662 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, which took its infection tally to 5,88,368, while 94 deaths pushed the fatality count to 5,812, as per official data.

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