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Three Covid-19 deaths reported in Kashmir; J&K toll 16

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Srinagar: Three Covid-19 patients, all from south Kashmir, died today at Chest Disease Hospital Srinagar taking the death toll in J&K due to the pandemic to 16.

A 75-year-old man from Anantnag on Monday became the 14th victim of Cobid-19.

Sources said that the man, a resident of Hillar Kokernag Anantnag, had tested negative when his back to back samples were taken at the CD hospital where he was admitted for several days after he tested positive for the disease initially.

Later, he was taken to SMHS for an emergency procedure known as tracheostomy—which involves creating an opening in the neck in order to place a tube into a person’s windpipe to allow air to enter the lungs. It was there when his fresh sample, known as tracheal aspirate rather than the ordinary—naso/oropharyngeal— swab was taken.

The test returned positive following which he was again taken to CD hospital where he died.

Another Covid-19 patient, a 65-year-old from Kulgam also died at the CD hospital here, second such death in a day and 15th in Jammu and Kashmir.

“A 65-year-old female from Kulgam, who was admitted in Surgical ICU in SMHS Hospital as case of sub dural haemorrhage (SDH) tested positive for COVID today morning and was shifted to CD Hospital Srinagar where immediately after admission she had cardiac arrest and instantly died,” Dr Salim, concerned nodal officer told GNS.

Another Covid-19 infected patient, a 75-year-old woman from Kokernag Anantnag had tested positive in the morning and was shifted from SMHS hospital to CD hospital Dalgate here where she breathed her last.

Official sources told GNS that the 75-year-old woman was suffering from thyroid cancer.

With the latest fatality, 16 persons have died due to the disease so far in Jammu and Kashmir—14 of them in Kashmir and two in the Jammu division.

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