Covid-19 Claims 3 More Lives In Kashmir, Toll Reaches 16


The son of a Covid-19 victim breaks down in front of his mother’s coffin at the Srinagar’s Chest Diseases Hospital on Monday.Pic Abid Bhat

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir recorded the biggest ever spike in Covid-10 deaths in a single day, as three people, including two women died of the dreaded disease at a hospital here on Monday, taking the death toll across the Union Territory to four in the last 24 hours, and 16 since the pandemic broke out.

All the three deaths were reported from the Chest Diseases hospital here in this capital city, officials told Kashmir Observer. All the victims hail from twin districts of Kulgam and Anantnag in south Kashmir.

The 75-year-old man from Hillar village of Kokernag in Anantnag had tested negative when his back to back samples were taken at the CD hospital where he was admitted for several days after he tested positive for the disease initially, reports said.

Later, he was taken to SMHS for an emergency procedure known as tracheostomy—which involves creating an opening in the neck in order to place a tube into a person’s windpipe to allow air to enter the lungs. It was there when his fresh sample, known as tracheal aspirate rather than the ordinary—naso/oropharyngeal— swab was taken.

The test returned positive following which he was again taken to CD hospital where he died, the report added.

“He was continuously on ventilator from last eight days. He was suffering from Pneumonia. Last week a tracheostomy procedure was done on him at SMHS hospital,” Medical Superintendent CD hospital, Dr Salim Tak said.

Hours after his death, a woman from the neighbouring Kulgam district also died of Covid-19 at the hospital to become 15th victim of the dreaded disease.

“A 65-year-old female from Kulgam, who was admitted in Surgical ICU in SMHS Hospital as case of sub dural haemorrhage (SDH) tested positive for COVID today morning and was shifted to CD Hospital Srinagar where immediately after admission she had cardiac arrest and instantly died,” Dr Salim, concerned nodal officer said.

The third victim devoured by the deadly disease was a 75-year-old woman suffering from thyroid cancer.

The three deaths in a single day comes a day after a 29-year-old woman with underlying ailments died at the CD hospital here. She was the youngest victim of the dreaded disease in J&K so far.

With the latest fatality, 16 persons have died due to the disease so far in Jammu and Kashmir—13 of them in Kashmir and two in the Jammu division.

The Srinagar district has reported 5 of the deaths, highest in any district, followed by Baramulla and Anantnag with three deaths each while one each has been reported in Bandipora, Budgam, Kulgam, Udhampur, and Jammu. (with GNS inputs)


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