Guwahati: Two more journalists from Assam – Kalyan Baruah and Anirban Bora – based in New Delhi, passed away due to COVID-19 related complications.
Kalyan Baruah, the New Delhi Bureau Chief of The Assam Tribune passed away at a private hospital in Delhi while undergoing treatment for coronavirus at 8.40 am. His wife, Nilakshi Bhattacharyya passed away battling COVID-19 at a private hospital in New Delhi a day before, on April 30.
She was working with The Times of India, New Delhi. The couple is survived by a daughter.
Another Assamese journalist Anirban Bora, who worked as the Graphic Editor for The Economic Times in New Delhi, passed away this morning due to COVID-19. He was 42. He is survived by his wife and a son.
The second wave of COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the healthcare infrastructure in the country. According to a recent study by Rate The Debate of Delhi-based Institute of Perception Studies, at least 128 journalists have died due to COVID-19 in India from April 2020 till April 2021. Of these, 77 died during the worst health crisis in April 2021.
According to verified data, in 2021, India lost 82 journalists till April end.
India reported a record 4,01,993 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday morning, pushing the country’s total to 1,91,64,969. Meanwhile, 3,523 fatalities took the death toll to 2,11,853.