Lucknow | Jagran News Desk: In order to ramp up the vaccination drive across the country, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday declared journalists and media professional 'frontline workers', adding that they would be given priority in the COVID-19 inoculation program.

"CM Yogi Adityanath has said that media professionals should be given priority in COVID-19 vaccination, separate centers should be made for them and their family members above 18 years of age should also be given vaccine for free," the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said, as reported by news agency ANI.

Not just Uttar Pradesh, several other states have declared journalists as frontline workers for their services to the nation amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Earlier in the day, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief MK Stalin, who is set to become the next chief minister of Tamil Nadu, also announced that media professionals will be considered as frontline workers in the state.

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"All media persons working in newspapers, visual and audio media at the risk of their lives due to rain, sun and floods will be considered as frontline employees in Tamil Nadu," he tweeted in Tamil.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh, one of the worst-hit states in India, reported 288 more COVID-19 deaths which pushed the toll to 13,447 while the infection tally rose to 13.42 lakh with 29,192 fresh cases.

As many as 38,687 COVID-19 patients have recovered from the disease in the state taking the total number of discharged patients to 10.43 lakh. The number of active COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 2.85 lakh, said the state health department.

In the last 24 hours, more than 2.29 lakh samples were tested for COVID-19 while so far, over 4.15 crore samples have been tested in the state, it added.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma