At least 366 journalists have died from covid-19 since March, according to NGO – CountingNews

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Geneva (Switzerland), Sep 15 (Sputnik) .- At least 366 journalists from 47 countries have died from the coronavirus pandemic since the beginning of March, reported the NGO Press Emblem Campaign (PEC, for its acronym in English) .

«The covid-19 pandemic continues to claim many victims among journalists. At least 366 communicators from 47 countries have died from the coronavirus since the beginning of March “, says the statement.

The note points out that Peru is the country” where the media community has been hit the most, with 82 deaths. ” 19659002] «Ecuador follows in second place with 40 deaths, ahead of India, with 36 deaths; and Bangladesh with 31 victims. “

The NGO ranks Mexico in fifth place, with at least 26 reporters killed by covid-19. Mexico is followed by the United States (20 deaths), Brazil (19) and Pakistan (10).

According to data from the Press Emblem Campaign, from July 1 to the beginning of September «the number doubled journalists who died from the coronavirus. “

PEC Secretary General Blaise Lempen described the growth in deaths from COVID-19 among journalists as” worrying “.

” We call on members of the Human Rights Council to adopt a resolution that strengthens the safety of journalists in this unprecedented health crisis, “he said, quoted in the note issued this Tuesday, when the 45th session of the Human Rights Council of the UN.

Since March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) classifies the covid-19 disease caused by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 detected at the end of 2019 as a pandemic.

Throughout the world, more than 29.31 million cases of infection by the pathogen, including more than 929,000 deaths and some 19.89 million recoveries, according to the Johns Hopkins University in the United States.

At the beginning of last August the director general of the WHO, Tedros Ghebreyesus, announced the start of a study in the Chinese city of Wuhan to determine the origin of the virus. (Sputnik)


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