Categories: World News

Coronavirus Kills 20 Journalists In Peru – Union

 

At least 20 journalists have died from the coronavirus outbreak in Peru, most of them infected while reporting on the pandemic, often with little protection, the country’s journalists’ union reported Tuesday.

Peru is Latin America’s second worst-hit country after Brazil with more than 170,000 cases and 4,600 deaths.

“As of June 1, the number of dead colleagues is 20 in all of the country,” said Zuliana Lainez of the National Association of Journalists.

Many of them contracted the disease while reporting from streets, markets and hospitals on the effects of the virus, without proper protective equipment, Lainez said.

“They have gone to hospitals, which are foci of infection, with homemade masks,” she said.

Seven of the victims were from Loreto, in the Amazon basin, one of Peru’s worst affected areas.

A large proportion of journalists who fell victim to the virus were freelancers, with none of the protections afforded to company employees.

“Journalists dying from COVID-19 confirms the urgency of addressing health protection and job insecurity,” the union said.

Rejoice Ewodage

Disqus Comments Loading...
Share
Published by
Rejoice Ewodage
Tags: Journalists Peru

Recent Posts

  • Headlines

Nigeria Records 389 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Infections Now Exceed 12,000

  Nigeria has recorded 389 new cases of the novel coronavirus, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said on Saturday.…

9 hours ago
  • Coronavirus

COVID-19: FG Deploys 139 Trucks Of Assorted Grains, Other Relief Items To Katsina

The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has deployed thousads of relief items to Katsina State.

10 hours ago
  • Sports

Heavyweight Champion Joshua Hits Out At ‘Virus’ Of Racism

World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua told a Black Lives Matter march on Saturday that protesters were the "vaccine" to the…

10 hours ago
  • World News

Coronavirus Deaths Approach 400,000 As Oil Producers Extend Output Cuts

The global death toll from the coronavirus neared 400,000 on Saturday with fatalities accelerating in Latin America, as oil-producing countries…

10 hours ago
  • Business

Nigeria To Compensate For Overproduction As OPEC, OPEC+ Agree To Extend Oil Output Cuts

The Federal Government has agreed to make additional oil production cuts from July to September, after producing about 120,000 barrels…

10 hours ago
  • Business

AfDB Approves $288.5m Loan For Nigeria’s COVID-19 Fight

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $288.5 million loan to help Nigeria tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigate…

11 hours ago