2 More Covid-19 Deaths In Kashmir, 21 Policemen Test Positive


Funeral Prayers of Covid-19 deceased elderly Bemina woman / KO Photo: Abid Bhat

Srinagar: A 70-year-old woman, who had tested COVID-19 positive, died at a hospital here on Thursday, while another woman, who passed away on Wednesday, also tested positive for the infection, taking the novel coronavirus-related death toll to 20 in the Union Territory, officials said.

The 70-year-old from Parisabad area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district died around noon at the Chest Diseases Hospital here, they said.

The officials said the woman was initially admitted to the SMHS hospital on May 15, but after testing positive for the coronavirus, she was shifted to the Chest Diseases Hospital on May 18 as a case of COPD with restrictive lung disease and COVID Pneumonia.

She died at the intensive care unit of the hospital around noon after a sudden cardiac arrest, they said.

The other woman (80) from Bemina in Srinagar was admitted at the SMHS hospital with bilateral pneumonia and hypertension on May 19 and was kept in an isolation ward. She died on Wednesday evening, the officials said.

They said the woman’s body was kept at the GMC Srinagar mortuary and her COVID-19 test report came on Thursday and it was positive.

With these deaths, the COVID-19-related death toll in Jammu and Kashmir has risen to 20, the officials said.

21 Cops, Intern Doctor Among 59 Test Positive

Meanwhile Coronavirus cases in Jammu and Kashmir continued an upward trend on Thursday as 59 more people, including 21 policemen and an intern doctor tested positive to the virus, taking the total number of infected people across the Union Territory to 1449.

With these cases, the overall tally has mounted to 1449—1238 in Kashmir and 211 in Jammu. Among them 745 are active cases—140 in Jammu and 605 in Valley while 684 patients have recovered—69 from Jammu and 615 from Kashmir while 20 others have died.

Kulgam district reported 21 cases, Anantnag 12, Kupwara 7, Srinagar 5, Budgam 4, Ganderbal 2 while in Jammu, Kishtwar and Doda one each case was reported while Kathua and Ramban reported 3 each

Among the samples which returned positive, 21 were from District Police Lines Kulgam, 11 from Anantnag including 2 pregnant women besides an intern doctor from Psychiatric Disease Hospital, he said. The cops who have tested positive are aged between 25 to 59 years and are residents of different parts of Valley.

Police said all the 21 were already in isolation from March 18 in a compound separated from DPL Kulgam by 3 kilometres.

“The officials were all part of a special pool of 60 personnel created as a reserve exclusively for Covid-19 duties at Quarantine and isolation centers, for handling Covid-19 patients and potential carriers and for acting as substitutes for police stations in case of Covid breakout in a particular unit,” police said in a statement.

The samples of the officials were being taken from time to time as a precautionary measure, it said. “When one such sample turned positive four days ago, Health authorities were requested to take samples of all the officials present in the reserve,” the police said, adding, “There is no need to panic as all the officials have been and are in isolation and were never put on public interface duties such as nakas, police stations, etc.”

At SKIMS, Valley’s premier healthcare institute 14 people tested positive for Coronavirus. Among those include 26-year-old from Maisuma, 21-year-old from Bemina and seven from Kaweri, Reshigund and main Kupwara, all travelers with history of travel to Delhi, Ambala, Dehradun and UP.

Besides, a 37-year-old from Ganderbal and 22-year-old youth from Safapora also tested Covid-19 positive today. The three other samples that turned positive were from DH Pulwama and include 60-year-old man and two women—one aged 20 and other 50—from Chatabal Kulgam.

Three people, including a female also tested positive for Covid-19 in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

Seven cases were reported from private Lab—two from Kathua, one each from Haryana, Jodhpur Rajasthan, Dyala, Kishtwar and Anantnag.

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