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COVID-19 claims 4 more lives in J&K, toll reaches 121

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J&K records 170 fresh COVID-19 cases; tally crosses 8000

Srinagar: The total number of COVID-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir crossed the 8,000-mark on Friday with 170 fresh infections, while the death toll in the Union Territory reached 121 following the demise of four more patients, officials said.

The four persons who died today include 80-year-old from Chattabal, 70-year-old from Sopore, a 70-year-old man from North Kashmir’s Baramulla district and an 80-year-old man from Rajbagh, Srinagar.

Since Wednesday, Covid has claimed 13 lives in J&K that include one from Jammu and 12 from Kashmir. All the deceased were in the age group of 60 to 80.

About the Chattabal Covid-19 victim, Dr Saleem Tak, Medical Superintendent Chest Diseases hospital said that 80-year-old male from Chattabal who was referred to CD hospital from SMHS on June 29, breathed his last today evening.

“He was Covid positive and had underlying medical conditions that include hypertension, bilateral pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,” Dr Saleem said. Chattabal man became the four Covid-19 casuality in the day.

Earlier,  a 70-year-old man from Sopore area of Baramulla district, who was admitted on June 29 died today evening.

“He had tested positive for the Covid-19. He was suffering from bilateral pneumonia and other ailments,” the MS CD hospital said.

As for the fourth death, Dr Saleem  said that a 70-year-old man from Baramulla, who was tested positive for COVID-19 and was referred from SMHS on Thursday, died at CD hospital today afternoon.

The patient was very critical and was on ventilator, he said, adding that the patient was suffering from Hypertension, Diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other ailments.

Earlier, Dr Nazir Choudhary, Medical Superintendent at SMHS said that that an 80-year-old man from Rajbagh, Srinagar who was admitted on July 02 died on Friday afternoon. He said that patient was suffering pneumonia and heart ailments.

With four fresh deaths in J&K today, the total number of lives claimed by Covid in UT have reached to 121 of which 14 are from Jammu region and 107 from Kashmir.

Srinagar district with 28 deaths has the highest fatalities followed by Baramulla (19), Kulgam (16), Shopian (13), Budgam (10), Anantnag (9),  Jammu(8), Kupwara (6), Pulwama (4), Doda (2) while as one death each has been reported from Bandipora, Poonch, Udhampur, Rajouri and Kathua.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir on Friday reported 170 new Covid-19 infections, taking the overall tally in J&K to 8019.

Official sources said that among the fresh cases are four CRPF troopers from 35 batallion CRPF Budgam, 10 from 108 RCC Trehgam Kupwara, one policeman DPL Baramulla, two babies and a doctor.

Out of these cases, 63 were confirmed at CD hospital lab, 61 at SKIMS Soura, 11 at SKIMS Bemina while remaining at Jammu labs.

Dr. G H Yatoo, Nodal Officer Coronavirus Control Measures at SKIMS Soura said that out of the 1543 samples processed at the viral diagnostic laboratory of the hospital, 61 returned positive for the virus.

Prof. Farooq Jan, Medical Superintendent SKIMS Soura, said that 23 are from Anantnag, 12 from Kupwara, 15 from Srinagar, four each from Bandipora and CRPF Battalions, two from Kupwara and one Ganderbal.

Dr Riyaz Untoo, Principal SKIMS Bemina, said that out of 536 samples processed at the hospital’s lab, 11 tested positive for COVID-19— all from Srinagar.

Of today’s fresh cases, 42 were from Jammu region and 128 people were from the valley, the officials said.

At present, there are 2,825 active cases in the Union Territory, while 5,075 patients have recovered from the infection.

The cases detected on Friday included 57 people who had returned to the UT recently, the officials said.

They said Srinagar district in central Kashmir recorded a maximum of 41 new cases, followed by 24 in Kupwara district.

Three districts — Pulwama, Poonch and Reasi — did not have any fresh cases detected in the past 24 hours.

With 170 fresh cases, the total number of infected persons in Jammu and Kashmir rose to 8,019.

“Of these, 6,327 are in Kashmir, while 1,692 are in the Jammu region,” the officials said. (With KNO Inputs)

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