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5 more deaths push COVID-19 fatalities to 101 in J&K

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With 260 fresh cases, tally of Covid-19 infected mounts to 7497

Srinagar, June 30: Hours after his death, a 65-year-old man from Qamarwari area of Srinagar tested positive for COVID-19, taking the overall fatality count due to the virus in J&K to 101.

Official sources said the man died today at 9:30 a.m. and his swab sample returned positive in the afternoon.

The patient was admitted to the SHMS hospital’s isolation ward yesterday. “He complained of chest related problems and his oxygen level was low as such we took him to SMHS hospital on Monday afternoon. He was admitted to isolation ward and died at 9:30 a.m. today,” he said.

Confirming the death, Medical Superintendent of the hospital Dr Nazir Choudhary told GNS that he was suffering from bilateral pneumonia.

Earlier, four deaths took place in J&K and two of them at CD hospital here including a 23-year-old man from Shopian and a 65-year-old woman, from Bhagat Barzulla Srinagar.

Dr Salim Tak, Medical Superintendent CD hospital, said that the 23-year-old man was shifted from SHMS hospital yesterday.

“He was having head injury was in serious condition,” he said, adding, “The 65-year-old woman from Baghat Barzulla was on ventilator. She was hypertensive, diabetic and had other ailments.”

Earlier, an 85-year-old woman from Basohli area of the Kathua district died at GMC Jammu.

The octogenarian was the first Covid-19 victim in the district.

“She was suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and was on oxygen since admission.  She died at 7.30 a.m. today,” Dr. Nasib Chand Digra, Principal Dean Government Medical College Jammu, told GNS.

She was admitted to the JMC on June 25 and was on oxygen support since, a senior doctor of the hospital said.

Later in the day, a 55-year-old covid-19 positive patient from Baramulla district died at a hospital here.

A resident of Dewan Bagh Baramulla, the 55-year-old businessman was admitted to SKIMS Bemina on June 27, hospital’s Medical Superintendent Dr Shifa Deva told GNS. “He was suffering from pneumonia,” she said.

With these deaths, 101 people so far have succumbed to the virus in J&K— 89 from the Valley and 12 from Jammu division.

Srinagar district with 24 deaths has the highest fatalities followed by Baramulla (16), Kulgam (13), Shopian (12), seven each from Jammu and Budgam and Anantnag  and Kupwara (5), Pulwama (four) while one death each has been reported from Bandipora, Poonch, Doda, Udhampur, Rajouri and Kathua.

Meanwhile, The Government informed that 260 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19), 32 from Jammu division and 228 from Kashmir division, have been reported today thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 7497.

“137 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals, 22 from Jammu Division and 115 from Kashmir Division,” officials said.

They said that out of 7497 positive cases, 2674 are Active Positive, 4722 have recovered and 101 have died; 12 in Jammu division and 89 in Kashmir division.

“Out of 365058 test results available, 357561 samples have been tested as negative till June 30, 2020,” said the officials.

The officials durther said that 281581 travelers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance which included 39866 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 36 in Hospital Quarantine, 2674 in hospital isolation and 46912 under home surveillance. Besides, 191992 persons have completed their surveillance period.

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