Sambalpur:30/4/21: Debendra Samantaray, Edition-in-Charge of Sambad, Sambalpur died of COVID-19, today.
Samantaray had tested positive for the virus and was undergoing treatment at a COVID hospital here for the last two weeks.
As his condition deteriorated, he was shifted to the ICU today. However, he breathed his last this evening.
Samantaray, who was edition-in-charge of the Sambalpur edition of the newspaper breathed his last on Friday night. He was also DGM, Eastern Media Limited.
Earlier in the day, veteran journalist Adwaita Prasad Biswal died of COVID-19 while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Rourkela.
With the death of Samantaray and Biswal, the state has lost 9 journalists during the second wave of the pandemic.