New Delhi based Assamese journalist Kalyan Barooah passed away after battling with the deadly Covid-19 virus. Barooah was the Bureau Chief from Delhi of The Assam Tribune.
He passed away at around 8.40 AM on Saturday at a private hospital in Delhi. His death came a day after his wife, a Delhi-based Times of India journalist Nilakshi Bhattacharya, who lost the battle against Covid-19 on April 30. Barooah was kept on a ventilator post contracting the virus.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal condoled the death of senior journalist Barooah. Taking to Twitter, CM Sonowal wrote, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of senior journalist Kalyan Barooah. His death is an irreparable loss to the media industry. I extend my deepest condolences to the bereaved family and pray for the departed soul.”
Assam on Friday logged 3,197 fresh cases of the deadly coronavirus. As many as 2,449 patients were discharged, and 72,239 tests were conducted today. The positivity rate of Covid-19 on Friday is 4.43 per cent.
The state registered 26 deaths in the last 24 hours with eight deaths in Kamrup (M), four deaths in Kamrup (Rural), two deaths each in Dibrugarh, Hojai, Sivasagar and Nagaon. On the other hand, Barpeta, Cachar, Darrang, Golaghat, Nalbari and Udalguri reported one death each.
Kamrup Metropolitan alone registered 1,184 cases, followed by Dibrugarh district with 245 cases. Nalbari recorded 143 cases and Kamrup Rural recorded 133 cases. The active cases tally in the state is 23,826.