Geneva/ Guwahati, 1 April: The global tally of novel corona virus-infected individuals among journalists has reached 970 in 72 countries, where a central India based scribe Pramod Srivastava succumbed to Covid-19 complications recently to increase the country’s casualties up to 58 till date in the backdrop of ongoing province-level elections in the country. Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), the Switzerland-based organization focusing on the safety of scribes, urges everyone to be alert as the pandemic’s second wave hits many nations.
Peru continues to top the list of corona victims with 135 casualties, where Brazil (129 dead) and Mexico (90) follows the country, said Blaise Lempen, secretary-general of PEC (https://pressemblem.ch/) adding that those nations are followed by Italy (51 dead), USA (46), Bangladesh (45), Ecuador (43), Colombia (38), United Kingdom (28), Pakistan (25), Turkey (22), Panama (16), Spain (15), Bolivia (14), Russia (14), Ukraine (14), etc.
It may be mentioned the PEC team started a corona-ticker in March 2020 to pay tributes to journalists killed by the pandemic around the world. The safety of media workers is particularly at risk in this health-related crisis because they have to continue providing information. Many of them died for lack of adequate protective measures when doing their job and hence the PEC requests early vaccinations for journalists on the frontlines, stated Lempen.
Uttar Pradesh journalist Srivastava (48) was admitted to the hospital with respiratory complaints after he tested positive for Covid-19 on 25 March, where he died two days later. Many other journalists have also tested positive for the infection as they continue playing the role of corona warriors along with the doctors, nurses, sanitation workers with others.
India as a nation lately witnesses a surge in corona infections as over 72,300 fresh cases emerged in a single day. The populous country recorded 1,22,21,665 Covid-19 cases with 1,62,927 casualties. PEC’s India representative Nava Thakuria apprehended that as the election process is going on in four major Indian States (Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu with union territory Puducherry) and will continue for a few more days, the reporters on the ground may get infected by the virus.