Newspaper Owners' Association of Bangladesh (Noab) will provide 3,000 hand sanitisers, 23,000 face masks and 23,000 hand gloves to newspaper agents and hawkers across the country.
The decision was made at a meeting on Tuesday so that the agents and hawkers can distribute newspapers in the capital and elsewhere by protecting themselves from coronavirus infection.
Called by Noab, the meeting of Bangladesh Newspaper Circulation Managers' Association (BNCMA) was held at the Prothom Alo office in the capital's Karwan Bazar, says a release.
At the meeting, BNCMA representatives said there were around 20,000 newspaper hawkers in the country.
They said all educational institutions and student dormitories had already been closed as part of efforts to contain the spread of the virus. Newspaper distribution to many apartments in urban areas also remained halted.
Besides, officials from different tiers of the administration have asked hawkers not to distribute newspapers, saying the virus might spread. Some hawkers have remained absent over concern over coronavirus, they said.
Despite these, different hawkers' associations said they would continue distributing and selling newspapers across the country.
Noab will take special measures to ensure safety of hawkers and agents. They will be provided with support from Noab now and in the future, according to the release.
Citing findings of a research, Noab said there has never been a documented incident where Covid-19 has transmitted from a print newspaper, print magazine, print letter, or print package.