ISLAMABAD: The coronavirus novel has claimed the lives of three media people in the country and infected 156 others, according to a report released by the Pakistan Federal Journalists Union (PFUJ) on Wednesday.
The report highlights that camera journalists and photo journalists have been the biggest sufferers since the outbreak of Covid-19.
The report, compiled by Zulfiqar Ali Mehto who headed the rescue committee of PFUJ Covid-19, stated that of the three journalists killed, one was from Multan and two were from Sukkur.
Sixty-nine journalists have returned from the hospital after recovery, while others are in quarantine and are free from danger. Faisalabad, Bahawalpur and Rahim Yar Khan have not reported any positive cases among the journalists there.
Lahore has reported the highest number of cases in 84, followed by Rawalpindi and Islamabad with 24, Quetta 17, Peshawar 12, Karachi nine, Sukkur six, Multan five and Gujranwala and Hyderabad two each.
Mehto said PFUJ had collected data from its units spread across the country and Azad Kashmir.
“One media person was infected at AJK but he is recovering now, while there are no victims of the corona virus among reporters in the GB region.”
Because the Punjab government has announced assistance of Rs100,000 for each victim from the Journalist Support Fund, PFUJ has sent data to the relevant authorities. PFUJ calls on the Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and AJK governments to provide at least Rs100,000 to journalists affected by coronaviruses.
Published in Dawn, May 21, 2020
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