Uttar Pradesh journalist dies of COVID-19, family blames Yogi

A journalist from Lucknow reportedly died of COVID-19 after tweeting about dropping oxygen levels in his blood


A journalist from Lucknow, Vinay Srivastava, reportedly died of COVID-19 on Saturday after tweeting about dropping oxygen levels in his blood, in which he had tagged Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

“CM Yogi Adityanath, doctors and hospitals in your state have all become autocratic: I am 65 years old, along with this I have a Spondylitis due to which my oxygen ghat has become 52 and no hospital lab and Dr are picking up the phone,” Srivastava tweeted.

While addressing reporters, his son, Harshit Srivastava, said, “We got nothing. I called every number for an oxygen cylinder, but no one picked up.”

“We could have saved my father. It is entirely the government’s fault,” he added.

Adityanath’s media advisor Shalabh Mani Tripathi responded to Srivastava on Twitter, asking for more details, but it was too late as Srivastava’s oxygen levels had fallen to 31 by then.

Uttar Pradesh registered the highest single-day rise in COVID-19 with 30,596 fresh cases on Saturday.

(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)

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