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4 more die of COVID-19 in J&K; toll reaches 40

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143 test positive for infection; number of infected people reaches 3,467

Srinagar : Four more COVID-19 deaths were reported in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, taking the total number of fatalities due to the disease in the Union Territory to 40, officials said.

While three deaths took place in the Kashmir Valley, another was recorded in the Jammu region, they said.

A 70-year-old man from Shopian district of south Kashmir died at Srinagar’s Chest Diseases Hospital, which is a designated COVID-19 facility here on Saturday, the officials said.

They said the patient was admitted to the hospital this morning with pneumonia.

He was shifted from Shopian hospital and had tested positive for COVID-19, they added.

Another 70-year-old man, a resident of Handwara area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, died at SMHS Hospital here this morning and his sample returned positive for the coronavirus in the evening, the officials said.

He was brought to the hospital around 2:30 to 3 am on Saturday and died within an hour after admission, they said.

The officials said the man had multiple problems and died of bilateral pneumonia.

Another 70-year-old patient from Baghat-e-Barzulla also died of Covid-19 later in the day, officials said.

Quoting sources, news agency GNS reported that a 70-year-old patient from Baghat Barzaulla died at JLNM Hospital Rainawari.

“The patient was admitted four days before and had tested positive two days ago,” Medical Superintendent of the hospital, Dr Roshan Din Kasana was quoted as saying. “He (patient) had comorbidities,” he added.

A 62-year-old woman also died at a hospital in Jammu earlier in the day.

The woman, a resident of Miran Sahib area, was admitted to the Government Medical College (GMC) Hospital, Jammu last month in critical condition. She had tested positive for COVID-19 on May 25, the officials said.

They said the woman became the fifth person to succumb to the infection in the Jammu division.

With the latest fatalities, the death toll due to the virus in J&K has gone up to 40. So far Srinagar district with 10 deaths due to the virus has the highest fatalities, followed by Baramulla seven, Anantnag five, Kulgam four, three each in Shopian and Jammu, two each in Budgam and Kupwara while one death each has been reported from Bandipora, Doda and Udhampur.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday recorded 143 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of infections to 3,467, officials said.

They said while 100 of these cases were reported from the Kashmir region, 43 were from Jammu.

“143 new positive cases of coronavirus were detected in the union territory on Saturday,” officials said.

They said the total number of cases in Jammu and Kashmir has now reached 3,467 — 2,615 in Kashmir region, 852 in Jammu.

They said there are 2,302 active cases in the union territory — 1,646 in Kashmir and 656 in Jammu.

A total of 1,126 patients have recovered, they said.

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