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Coronavirus claims four more lives, toll reaches 57

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Srinagar: Covid-19 claimed four more lives in Kashmir on Saturday taking the number of people who died due to the disease to 57 in J&K.

Among the deceased, 6 are from Jammu and 51 from Valley.

The victims included a 74-year-old retired doctor and a 60-year-old from Srinagar, a 60-year-old resident from Shopian and a 75-year-old from Baramulla district.

A retired doctor from Parraypora area of the city here passed away due to cardiac arrest at SKIMS Hospital, Bemina at around 1 am last night, the officials said.

They said the man had tested positive for COVID-19.

He was admitted to the hospital on June 02 and was suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

His condition turned critical on June 09 and he was shifted to the ICU of the hospital where he passed away, the officials said.

The second fatality was a 60-year-old man from Shopian district in south Kashmir. He died at SMHS Hospital here on Saturday morning, the officials said.

They said the patient was admitted to the hospital on June 11 and his sample was taken for the COVID-19 test the next day.

The patient had bilateral pneumonia and died on Saturday morning, the officials said, adding, the result of his sample returned positive for COVID-19 later in the day.

Another patient, a 60-year-old man from Nowgam Srinagar who was admitted as asymptomatic Covid-19 on June 5 having underlying Diabetes, Hypertension and CKD suddenly became breathless at 8.00 pm today and developed unconsciousness, sources said.

The elderly was shifted to ICU where he had hypotension, sources said. “Resuscitation was tried as per protocol but the patient could not be revived and was declared dead.”

He said that the patient was expected to be discharged on Sunday as his sample was taken today for testing prior to discharge.

Earlier, Professor Farooq Jan, Medical Superintendent SKIMS told GNS that a 75-year-old man from Kathbagh died at the tertiary care hospital around 2:15 p.m. “He had underlying disease such as KCO, COPD, HTN andT2DM,” he said.

Professor Jan said the body was kept in the mortuary while the test report returned positive for the virus.

Meanwhile, a 60-year-old resident from Shopian died at SMHS hospital here.

Dr Nazir Chowdhary, Medical Superintendent of the hospital, told GNS that the sexagenarian was admitted on June 11 and his swab sample was taken the next day.

“He had bilateral pneumonia and died today morning. Later, the result of the sample returned positive for the covid-19,” he added.

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