Retired Doctor Among 4 Die Of Covid-19, J&K Toll Reaches 57


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22 CRPF Men Among 148 Test Positive

Srinagar: Four elderly people, including a retired doctor on Saturday died of coronavirus in Kashmir, taking the fatality count due to the deadly disease in Jammu and Kashmir to 57.

A 74-year-old retired doctor, who was Covid-19 positive, died at a hospital here, officials said on Saturday. Hailing from Parray Pora area of the city here, the doctor passed away due to cardiac arrest at SKIMS hospital, Bemina last night.

He was admitted to the hospital on June 2 and was suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

His condition turned critical on June 9 and he was shifted to the ICU of the hospital where he passed away, the officials said.

The second victim of the deadly disease was a 60-year-old resident from Shopian district, officials said.

“The sexagenarian was admitted to SMHS hospital on Thursday and his swab sample was taken the next day,” the officials said.

“He had bilateral pneumonia and died today morning. Later, the result of the sample returned positive for the Covid-19,” they added.

A 75-year-old man from north Kashmir’s Baramulla became the third fatality of the day.

The man from Kanthbagh area died at the SKIMS hospital on Saturday afternoon.   “He had underlying disease such as KCO, COPD, HTN andT2DM,” Professor Farooq Jan, Medical Superintendent SKIMS said.

The fourth death due to Covid-19 was reported from SKIMS Bemina.

The 60-year-old man from Nowgam who was admitted as asymptomatic Covid-19 on June 5 having underlying Diabetes, Hypertension and CKD suddenly became breathless at 8.00 pm today and developed unconsciousness, Principal SKIMS Bemina, Dr Riyaz Untoo said.

The elderly was shifted to ICU where he had hypotension, Dr Untoo said. “Resuscitation was tried as per protocol but the patient could not be revived and was declared dead.”

He said that the patient was expected to be discharged on Sunday as his sample was taken today for testing prior to discharge.

With the four fatalities, the death toll due to the pathogen has risen in Jammu and Kashmir to 57— 51 in Valley and 6 in Jammu division.

So far Srinagar district with thirteen deaths due to the virus has the highest fatalities, followed by eleven in Baramulla, eight in Kulgam, five each in Anantnag & Shopian, three in Budgam, Kupwara & Jammu, two in Pulwama while one death each has been reported in Bandipora, Doda, Rajouri & Udhampur.  

22 CRPF Men Among 148 Test Positive

Meanwhile Coronavirus cases in Jammu and Kashmir inched close to 5000 mark on Saturday as 148 more people, including 22 CRPF personnel tested Covid-19 positive, taking the number of infected people in the Union Territory to 4878.

Of the new cases, 38 were reported in Jammu and the rest in the Kashmir region. These included at least 22 CRPF personnel from Kulgam district of south Kashmir and 35 people who had returned to the Union territory recently, they said.

Kulgam district has the highest caseload at 45, followed by Shopian with 15 instances of the infection, the officials said, adding that only Reasi and Kishtwar reported no fresh case.

Among the total cases, 3,743 are in Kashmir, while 1,135 are in Jammu region,” an official said.

With 2,269 cured of the disease, the number of active cases stood at 2,554 of which 1,813 were in Kashmir and 741 in Jammu, officials said, adding the union territory has so far witnessed 55 coronavirus-related deaths. (with GNS inputs)

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