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UNICEF Issues Safety Guidelines For Journalists Working Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Media professionals also count among all the frontline warriors fighting the battle against COVID-19. While bringing news from the ground, they are highly vulnerable to contracting the infectious disease COVID-19

UNICEF Issues Safety Guidelines For Journalists Working Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
Highlights
  • Remember the mantra – cover news and not become the news: UNICEF
  • Wear a mask when outside, wash your hands with soap or sanitise: UNICEF
  • Pregnant women and elderly people should work from home: UNICEF

New Delhi: On Monday (April 21), out of the 171 media professionals – including electronic and print media journalists, photographers and cameramen – tested for the novel coronavirus, 53 journalists tested positive for COVID-19. The journalists were tested during a special camp organised at the Azad Maidan in Mumbai on April 16 and 17. Following this Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also said that his government will conduct COVID-19 test on media persons in the national capital.

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Media professionals also count among all the frontline warriors fighting the battle against COVID-19. While bringing news from the ground, they are highly vulnerable to contracting the infectious disease COVID-19. In a bid to protect journalists from the novel coronavirus, UNICEF has issued a set of safety guidelines.

The 17 pointer guidelines reiterate the message of hand washing maintaining good health and hygiene, social distancing, wearing a face mask while venturing out, and other precautionary and preventive measures.

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The guidelines released by the UNICEF clearly ask journalists to perform their duty while remembering their responsibility towards themselves, their family and society. It reads,

Let us remember the Mantra: Our responsibilities are to cover news and not to become the news. We should not contribute to further spreading the Coronavirus or COVID-19.

Further stressing on hand washing, UNICEF has asked journalists to wash their hands with soap and water as often as possible, especially after reporting.

If there is no water, carry wet wipes and then use an alcohol based sanitizer. Wash your hands after reporting as soon as you can. Don’t forget to sanitize your mobile phone using alcohol-based sanitisers, reads the UNICEF guidelines.

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While interviewing anyone, UNICEF has asked to maintain a distance of at least six feet. In case of interviewing government officials, UNICEF has asked to make use of technology and resort to a digital press conference.

To further avoid the physical contact and ensure physical distancing, it is suggested to use directional mics that too from a distance rather than a lapel or clip-on mic. And while shooting also, especially in containment zones, journalists should avoid keeping equipment on the ground and resort to hand-held shots.

Radio and TV reporters please do not touch the mics at all. Use disinfectant solutions to disinfect the equipment after your return. After which hands must be washed with soap and sanitized, said UNICEF.

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Along with this, journalists are recommended to change their clothes and take a bath as soon as they return from reporting. It’s also suggested to disinfect all the belongings like a purse, keys, pen and other things.

Stressing on the use of mask, how one should wear and change it, UNICEF said,

Wear a mask at all times when outside. You may consider wearing a mask in your office if it is open. You have no idea who has been exposed or where they’ve been. Change it as soon as it gets damp. Remove it from the elastic bands and do not touch the mask itself. Put the new one on by touching only the elastic bands. If possible, try to use N95 masks or you may make home-made masks.

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The UNICEF has also asked to maintain a healthy diet; do not skip meals; eat well cooked/boiled food; disinfect workstation at least twice a day; sanitise hands after getting off a public transport; practise distant seating at a press conference – have a two seats gap between two people; follow coughing etiquettes.

Vulnerable group that is pregnant women and elderly should work from home only and if an individual develops coronavirus symptoms, he/she should immediately report the situation to the office, call a doctor and self-isolate.

World

24,50,12,529Cases
20,64,25,824Active
3,36,14,434Recovered
49,72,271Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,50,12,529 and 49,72,271 have died; 20,64,25,824 are active cases and 3,36,14,434 have recovered as on October 28, 2021 at 4:00 am.

India

3,42,31,809 16,156Cases
1,60,9891,672Active
3,36,14,434 17,095Recovered
4,56,386 733Deaths
In India, there are 3,42,31,809 confirmed cases including 4,56,386 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,60,989 and 3,36,14,434 have recovered as on October 28, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,06,536 1,485

23,096 3,500

64,43,342 4,947

1,40,098 38

Kerala

49,38,603 9,445

77,158 2,100

48,31,468 6,723

29,977 622

Karnataka

29,86,835 282

8,459 80

29,40,339 349

38,037 13

Tamil Nadu

26,98,493 1,075

12,288 252

26,50,145 1,315

36,060 12

Andhra Pradesh

20,64,854 567

4,777 122

20,45,713 437

14,364 8

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,114 13

100 6

16,87,115 7

22,899

West Bengal

15,89,042 976

7,973 124

15,61,973 837

19,096 15

Delhi

14,39,709 38

348 25

14,14,270 13

25,091

Odisha

10,39,818 549

4,392 213

10,27,108 334

8,318 2

Chhattisgarh

10,05,926 28

263 14

9,92,088 12

13,575 2

Rajasthan

9,54,411 4

20 0

9,45,437 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,481 17

173 2

8,16,220 15

10,088

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,804 20

108 9

7,82,172 10

10,524 1

Haryana

7,71,204 15

133 5

7,61,022 10

10,049

Bihar

7,26,073 5

41 1

7,16,371 4

9,661

Telangana

6,70,829 186

4,164 63

6,62,714 122

3,951 1

Assam

6,09,506 244

3,838 153

5,99,681 391

5,987 6

Punjab

6,02,289 38

246 20

5,85,487 16

16,556 2

Jharkhand

3,48,705 28

160 30

3,43,408 56

5,137 2

Uttarakhand

3,43,861 17

150 6

3,36,312 23

7,399

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,865 70

838 16

3,26,596 86

4,431

Himachal Pradesh

2,23,406 261

1,972 211

2,17,693 48

3,741 2

Goa

1,77,969 23

454 29

1,74,152 51

3,363 1

Puducherry

1,27,846 40

443 10

1,25,546 50

1,857

Manipur

1,23,473 70

844 29

1,20,712 97

1,917 2

Mizoram

1,19,496 547

7,320 446

1,11,752 991

424 2

Tripura

84,438 15

123 1

83,499 14

816

Meghalaya

83,466 51

507 22

81,511 71

1,448 2

Chandigarh

65,331 5

29 2

64,482 3

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,120 6

115 22

54,725 28

280

Sikkim

31,925 13

177 1

31,353 12

395

Nagaland

31,759 12

222 3

30,856 15

681

Ladakh

20,925 8

47 6

20,670 2

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,682 1

6 0

10,672 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,650 2

5 1

7,516 1

129

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