Tripura has about 1,000 journalists working across eight districts of the state Credit: EastMojo Image

Agartala: The Tripura state cabinet has decided to include journalists in the state under Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination drive, minister Ratan Lal Nath said on Thursday.

Nath said the state government has decided to include Tripura journalists in the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination program in the state.

“In the second phase of the vaccination program, journalists will also be included, along with frontline warriors such as police, central armed police forces, municipal workers, revenue department staff, etc.,” Nath said.

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The state health department has urged journalists to follow instructions and upload their names by January 31.

“The director of the Information and Culture Affairs department has been asked to take the initiative to upload names of the journalists in the CoWin portal by January 31,” Nath said.

A 46-year-old videographer from Tripura was the first journalist casualty after he succumbed to Covid-19 on October 20 last year.

46-year-old Jitendra Debbarma, video journalist with a local cable television channel, was Tripura’s first journalist casualty after he succumbed to Covid-19 on October 20 last year.

Tripura has about 1,000 journalists that work across its eight districts.

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Nath said Tripura recorded a total of 33,346 positive cases till January 27. At present, the state has 21 positive cases, of which 18 are in home isolation.

The positivity rate, which was recorded at 1.15 percent in May, 2.16 percent in June, 11.84 percent in September, and 6.93 percent in October, stands at 0.30 percent in January.

“The vaccination drive continues across 17 session sites since January 16. We have a total of 45,480 health workers, and a target set for vaccinating 33,657 of them by February 6. Till January 28, a total of 20,233 health workers received the vaccine shots, which is around 60.10 percent,” Nath said.

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The state has registered a total of 388 deaths. The state will now reduce the total number of beds (237) allocated across hospitals in the state for COVID-19 as the number of patients has reduced, the minister said.

Meanwhile, Agartala Press Club secretary Pranab Sarkar has urged scribes to register their names and submit copies of their Aadhar cards within the next two days to receive vaccine shots under Phase 2.

Sarkar has been pursuing the issue of inclusion of scribes in the list of frontline warriors to receive the vaccine shots with the Tripura government.

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