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I&B Ministry Asks Private TV And Radio Channels To Help Spread COVID19 Awareness

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has directed all private television and radio channels to give adequate publicity to the travel advisory and health directives issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as the number of COVID19 cases continued to rise in India on Tuesday.

“Electronic media has always been at the forefront of carrying such messages as it is a powerful tool to reach out to people across the country. In order to make this effort successful, it has been felt that the support, assistance and contribution of private TV channels and FM radio channels will be of immense use,” the ministry said in a statement.

The awareness campaign will involve running tickers and discussing dos like observing personal hygiene and respiratory etiquette, washing hands with soap and water, throwing used tissues into the bin and seeing a doctor if one feels unwell. It also lists the don’ts like spitting in public, keeping close contact with people if experiencing cough and fever, contact with live animals or consuming raw meat and travelling to farms or places where live animals are slaughtered.

MIB has also asked all electronic media to raise awareness around other government directives such as travel restrictions to China, Iran, Republic of Korea, Italy, Japan and other COVID19-affected countries. Besides, passengers coming from abroad to India need to fill duly filled self-declaration forms and travel history to health and immigration officials at all ports and airports and all health-related queries can be addressed by calling the control room number of the ministry of health and family welfare or emailing them.

TV and radio channels will also need to reiterate government’s advisory on Visas. For now, Visas granted to nationals of countries like Italy, Iran, Korea, Japan issued on or before 3 March and who have not yet landed in the country, stand suspended. Visas granted to nationals from the Peoples Republic of China issued on or before 5 February were suspended earlier. Passengers of all international flights entering India from any port are required to furnish self-declaration forms and travel history while passengers, other than those restricted, arriving from China, south Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nepal, Thailand, Singapore and Taiwan must undergo medical screening at the point of entry.―Livemint

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