New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that only three out of the 529 media professionals, who were screened for COVID-19 recently, have tested for the deadly disease. He also wished a speedy recovery for the three patients. 

“Am so happy to share only 3 out of 529 media persons tested have been detected positive. My best wishes to all of you. Your work is very important esp during a pandemic. Those who have been detected positive, I am praying for your speedy recovery,” he tweeted.  

Last week, the Delhi government had started screening media professionals for coronavirus following reports of several several media persons contracting the virus across the country. The Kejriwal-led government had announced that a special COVID-19 centre will be set up for screening of media professionals. 

The Centre also issued an advisory for media professionals working in the print and electronic sector of the industry. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, in a press release, advised media personnel to take health and related precautions while performing their duties during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Media is among the essential services allowed to remain functional during the ongoing nationwide lockdown. The state and UT governments have been issuing curfew passes to those involved in essential services and in the frontline fighting against the coronavirus. 

Delhi is the third worst-hit state in the country after Maharashtra and Gujarat with a total of 3,314 confirmed cases and 54 deaths. No death has been reported in the last three days in the national capital.

Meanwhile, the death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 1,007 and the number of cases climbed to 31,332 in the country on Wednesday. Of the 1,007 deaths, Maharashtra tops the tally with 400 fatalities, followed by Gujarat at 181, Madhya Pradesh at 120, Delhi at 54, Rajasthan at 51, Uttar Pradesh at 34 and Andhra Pradesh at 31.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta