Khulna Press Club former president Wadudur Rahman Panna died with COVID-19 symptoms at a hospital in Khulna on Saturday. He was 72.
The journalist breathed his last about 5:30 pm at the COVID-19 unit of Gazi Medical College and Hospital in Khulna, physician Sharmin Abbas Kona confirmed New Age.
She said that Wadudur, a senior member and former president of Khulna Union of Journalists, was taken to the hospital at about 11:25 am with various complications, including breathing problem.
The former chief editor of Khulna daily Janmobhumi passed away before his sample for COVID-19 test could be collected, Sharmin said.
She said that they treated him like a COVID-19 patient as he had several symptoms of carrying the virus.
Including Wadudur, at least 11 journalists have died with COVID-19 symptoms while 17 others died of COVID-19 in Bangladesh.
According to media houses and journalist organisations, until Friday 778 journalists and media workers were infected by the novel coronavirus.
Of them, 525 are from Dhaka and 253 are from the other parts of the country.
They are from 175 national and local media houses, including 107 newspapers, 31 television channels, 30 internet news portals, five radios and two news agencies.
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