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COVID-19 tally reaches 23,454; death toll reaches 443

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday reported 15 more deaths related to Covid-19, taking the fatality count due to the virus to 443 – 409 in Kashmir and 34 in Jammu division.

The deceased included a 55-year-old Naib Tehsildar from Shopian and a paramilitary CRPF trooper.

“It’s with huge grief that we share the demise of our Naib Tehsildar, Wachi Maqbool Wani Sb after he lost his battle against Covid y’day at SKIMS. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. He was a gentle, hardworking man & an asset for the Distt. May Allah SWT grant him Jannat.Aameen,” Deputy Commissioner Shopian Yasin Choudhary said.

Two of the deaths were reported from Kupwara; three from Pulwama district; two from Jammu; one from Rajouri district (who died few days back at SKIMS Soura and was included in today’s list);  a 55-year-old patient from Chitragam; 82-year-old man from Nowgam Srinagar; 80-year-old male from Malbagh Srinagar and; 75-year-old man from Bandipora.

A 33-year-old paramilitary CRPF trooper from 179 Batallion who was admitted on August in “critical condition of severe Pneumonia and respiratory failure” died today at 4.30 p.m. at the hospital.

Two deaths were reported from Baramulla district including a 63-year-old man from  Baramula who was having hypertension, community acquired pneumonia.

Regarding other death from the north Kashmir district, sources said the victim was a  60-year-old from Doubgah Sopore and died at local SDH.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir’s tally of COVID-19 cases crossed the 23,000-mark on Thursday with 499 fresh infections.

The total number of cases in Jammu and Kashmir now stands at 23,454, they said.

Among the 499 fresh COVID-19 cases, 426 are from Kashmir and 73 from Jammu, the officials said.

Srinagar district in central Kashmir reported the maximum number of new cases at 113, followed by 73 in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

The cases detected on Thursday included 91 people who had returned to the union territory recently.

There are 7,310 active cases in the union territory now and 15,708 patients have recovered, according to the officials.

The officials said that out of 686808 test results available, 663354 samples have been tested as negative till August 06, 2020.

They said that till date 381410 travelers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for observation which included 43098 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 7310 in isolation and 43640 under home surveillance. Besides, 286926 persons have completed their surveillance period.

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