India consolidated its position, now fourth corona media victim nation.
18th January 2021 | Get In Lamka by Nava Thakuria Correspondent, Guwahati.
Geneva/ Guwahati, 18 January 2021: As more than 650 journalists died
of Covid-19 in 60 countries during the last ten months and counting
every day, India has consolidated its position by avoiding any death
due to novel corona virus infection among the scribe’s fraternity
since 15 December last.
Now India emerges as the fourth corona affected countries with 53
media casualties behind of Peru (95), Brazil (66), Mexico (54) and
followed by Bangladesh (43), Ecuador (42), Italy (38), USA (33),
Pakistan (22), Turkey (17), UK (14), Panama (11), Bolivia (9), etc,
said Blaise Lempen, general secretary to Press Emblem Campaign (PEC).
Deploring that many journo-deaths due to Covid-19 complications
around the world could have been prevented, the PEC (www.pressemblem.ch)
insists on necessary financial assistance to the victim-families by the
concerned nations. Appreciating India’s massive Covid-19 vaccination
program last week, it observed that the media workers should get
priority access to immunization upon request.
India in the first phase, decided to vaccinate 30 million people with
the New Delhi approved Oxford-Astra Zeneca’s Covishield and Bharat
Biotech’s Covaxin. Later the drive will cover ten times more populace
in the second phase, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed as
high as the population of only three countries (China, India and the
US) with 300 million.
“Two journalists died of Covid-19 aggravated ailments on 15 December
to increase the tally of corona media victims up to 53. However, since
the deaths of Mani Kumar Rai, a Siliguri based journalist, and D
Vijayamohan, a Delhi based Malayalam journalist, no corona casualties
have been reported,” said Nava Thakuria, PEC’s country contributor
adding that it is as satisfactory as surprising. He expressed hope
that New Delhi’s latest welfare initiatives to corona media victim
families would be exercised with utmost sincerity.