Over 100 journalists died due to COVID in India, 52 in April alone: Report

Including senior journalist and anchor Rohit Sardana who died of a heart attack on Friday morning.

Senior journalist from Assam, Nilakshi Bhattacharyya, who worked for Times of India in New Delhi, succumbed to COVID-19 on Friday morning.


Bhattacharyya’s husband, Kalyan Baruah, who’s Bureau Chief from Delhi of The Assam Tribune also tested positive for COVID-19 and is said to be in a critical condition.


Another senior journalist and Aaj Tak anchor Rohit Sardana died of a heart attack on Friday morning. He had recently tested positive for COVID-19 and was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Delhi.


Meanwhile, at least 101 journalists have died due to COVID-19 in India from April 2020 till 28 April 2021. According to a study by Delhi-based Institute of Perception Studies, of these deaths, 52 were reported in April 2021.


Additionally, over 50 journalists have passed away due to COVID-related complications since January 2021. The most recent one being senior journalist and Aaj Tak anchor Rohit Sardana. He passed away due to a heart attack on Friday after recovering from COVID-19.


According to IPS, top six states to record the highest journalist death due to COVID-19 are Uttar Pradesh (19), Telangana (17), Maharashtra (13), Odisha (9), Delhi (8) and Andhra Pradesh (6).


The data comes at a time when India saw 3,86,452 new coronavirus infections in a span of 24 hours, the highest single-day rise so far, pushing the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 1,87,62,976.

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