Having lost two of their colleagues to the coronavirus infection in two days in Rautahat, the journalist fraternity in the district is in mourning.

Yesterday, Nepal Press Union Rautahat treasurer and Red Television's founder Rama Devi Yadav was admitted to Gaur Hospital after her condition became critical due to the coronavirus infection. Barely one hour after her admission to the hospital for treatment, she succumbed to the infection. Earlier, Madhes Masala FM station manager and Janakpur Today newspaper's correspondent Manoj Chaudhary had succumbed to the viral infection at Birgunj-based Narayani Sub-regional Hospital last evening.

A resident of Garuda Municipality, Rautahat, Chaudhary had been admitted to Narayani Hospital 13 days ago.

Rama Devi was taken to the district hospital after she complained of serious health problems on Tuesday afternoon.

Her treatment had started in the emergency ward when it was learnt that her body lacked blood. Everything was well-managed, but she tested positive for coronavirus in the antigen test. Doctors then advised her kin to admit her to a COVID hospital, but she passed away.

She had complained of fever, body ache, among other problems a few days back and was undergoing treatment at home before being taken to the hospital on Tuesday.

She is survived by four daughters, aged between 8 and 15 years.

Journalist Chaudhary was popular among youths. His death has come as a sad news not only to the journalist fraternity but also to the entire Garuda area. After suffering from fever and cough, Chaudhary was being treated at home until his condition worsened. Eventually, he had to be admitted to the hospital in Birgunj.

Federation of Nepali Journalists General Secretary Roshan Puri issued condolence messages, calling the deaths of the two journalists an irreparable loss to the journalists fraternity.

A version of this article appears in the print on May 14, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.