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Coronavirus: Punjab govt announces relief package for journalists

Coronavirus: Punjab govt announces relief package for journalists
April 10, 2020
LAHORE (92 News) – Punjab Information Minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan has said that the provincial Information Ministry will pay one million rupees to any journalist who will die from coronavirus. While addressing a press conference, the information minister announced relief for journalists who are fighting against the coronavirus on frontline. “Punjab information ministry will pay Rs1 million to the family of the deceased. Moreover, any journalist affected from coronavirus will get Rs 1,00,000. The widow of diseased journalist will receive Rs10,000 per month through her lifetime,” Chohan explained. The minister further mentioned that that Punjab government will provide masks and protective gear to newspaper hawkers. “The newspaper hawkers will be provided with protective kits along with sanitizers and masks. Protective gear will be handed to the union president tomorrow,” he maintianed. Chohan said those next few days are really dangerous and sensitive in terms of coronavirus spread. “People should be cautious and stay at homes. We are taking steps to take measures to contain coronavirus spread,” he said. On the other hand, the number of coronavirus patients increased to 4,489 after 284 new cases were reported during the last 24 hours on Friday. According to the data available with the National Command and Operation Centre, three more deaths were reported within 24 hours, soaring the toll to 66. Punjab continued to lead the patients tally with 2,279 cases, while patients have increased to 1,128 in Sindh, 620 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 219 in Balochistan and 107 in Islamabad. There are 215 reported cases in Gilgit-Baltistan and 33 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.