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COVID-19 continues to kill and infect people in J&K

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536 new cases take tally of infections to 26,949

Srinagar: A 21-year-old man from Jammu and a 25-year-old woman from Anantnag, were among 12 more Covid-19 patients who lost the battle with the virus in past 24 hours, taking the fatality count in Jammu and Kashmir to 512.

The woman from Anantnag had recently given birth to twin daughters, sources said.

Srinagar reported three deaths, Pulwama and Kupwara two each besides one each in Ganderbal, Budgam, Anantnag, Jammu and Poonch, GNS quoted official sources as saying.

With these deaths, officials said, 512 people have succumbed to the virus in Jammu and Kashmir so far – 473 from the Valley and 39 from Jammu division. Srinagar district with 163 deaths tops the list followed by Baramulla (86), Budgam (38), Anantnag (36), Kulgam (31), Pulwama (35), Kupwara (32),  Shopian (24), Jammu (27), Bandipora (19), Ganderbal (11), two each in Rajouri, Doda and Udhampur besides one each in Ramban, Samba, Poonch, and Kathua.

Meanwhile, 536 more people tested positive for the infection, bringing the Union Territory’s virus count to 26,949, officials said.

While 98 of the fresh cases were from the Jammu region, 438 were from the Valley, they said.

The number of active COVID-19 cases in the UT now stands at 7,138 while 19,302 patients have recovered from the infection so far, they added.

The cases detected on Thursday included 124 people who had recently returned to the Union Territory.

The officials said Srinagar district in central Kashmir recorded the highest of 144 new positive cases, followed by 54 in Bandipora district.

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