Covid-19 Claims 3 More, J&K Death Toll Climbs to 63

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179 New Cases Test Positive, J&K Tally Rises to 5220

Srinagar- Three more Covid-19 patients died in Kashmir on Monday taking the number of fatalities due to the coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir to 63, officials said.

The teenager from Handwara area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district died at SMHS hospital here, the officials said.

He was admitted to the hospital on June 12 as a medico-legal case involving assault, the officials said.

They said his swab sample for the novel coronavirus was taken the next day and later returned as positive.

The teenager had serious head injuries besides bilateral pneumonia, the officials said, adding that the patient passed away around 3 am.

In the second fatality of the day, a 62-year-old man from Chadoora area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district passed away at SMHS hospital, the officials said.

They said the man was admitted at the hospital on Sunday with sepsis and bilateral pneumonia (infection of both lungs).

His sample for COVID-19 returned as positive and the patient passed away on Monday, the officials said.

The third fatality was reported from CD hospital where an elderly man from Shopian passed away.

An elderly man from South Kashmir’s Shopian district, who was tested positive for COVID-19 a few days back, died at CD hospital on Monday, officials said.

According to Dr Saleem Tak, Medical Superintendent at CD hospital 80-year-old man who was admitted in the hospital on June 13, died on Monday evening.

He said the patient was suffering from Diabetes, Hypertension and had other underlying problems including COPD.

With these fatalities, the death toll due to the pathogen has risen in Jammu and Kashmir to 63— 56 in Valley and 7 in Jammu division.

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

179 New Cases Test Positive, J&K Tally Rises to 5220

The number of COVID-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir climbed to 5220 as 179 new cases including 97 paramilitary CRPF personnel tested positive for the pandemic on Monday.

Among new 179 new cases, 14 were tested positive at CD hospital, 6 at Army’s Command Hospital Udhampur and rest at other hospitals.

Official sources said that while 126 cases were confirmed at viral diagnostic laboratory at SKIMS Soura, 53 cases were reported from various other laboratories.

Giving the district wise breakup of the cases, officials said Anantnag district reported 79 followed by Shopian (19), Srinagar (15), Kupwara (10), Pulwama (8), Udhampur(7), six each in Baramulla, Budgam and Samba,  Ramban (4), three each in Kulgam , Bandipora and Reasi besides ganderbal (2) while one each from Kathua and Kishtwar.

These sources said that among the cases, 14 were confirmed at the CD hospital’s diagnostic laboratory and included a soldier (31) from 42 Rashtriya Rifles stationed at Tral, a 40-year-old policeman from Awantipora police station, two pregnant women—both aged 32-year-old each, one from Wanpoh and Rahmoo—besides as many shopkeepers—45-year-old female from Duderhama Ganderbal and 50-year-old male from Drabgam Pulwama.

According to Dr. G H Yatoo, Nodal Officer Coronavirus Control Measures at SKIMS, out of the samples processed at the viral diagnostic lab today, 126 returned positive for the virus.

Professor Farooq Jan, Medical Superintendent SKIMS Soura, said among them 79 are from CRPF Battalions, 19 from Shopian, 14 from Kupwara, six from Baramulla, three from Bandipora and one each from Ganderbal, Srinagar, Budgam, Kulgam and Kupwara. The CRPF cases are from 90 battalion Urnhal Annatnag, 132 Batallion Santnagar Srinagar, 79 battalion Sonawar besides 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 101, 102, 105, 107, 108 batallions Anantnag.  The Baramulla cases are from Delina and Gutyar while those from Kupwara include people from Tanghdar, Kiigan, Khurhama, Yamler, Daril Vilgam, Dardpora and Harie. The Shopian cases include are from Sedow, Matribgugh, K-Ullar, Nehama Kul,  Gadipora and Kadigam while out of the samples taken at SKIMS three tested positive and they include one male each from Khansahib Budgam, Pandach Ganderbal and Batamaloo while Bandipora cases are from Ward 5 and Barnoie.

Dr Riyaz Untoo, Principal SKIMS Bemina, said that out of 602 samples processed at the hospital’s lab, 18 tested positive for COVID-19 and included 15 from Srinagar and three from Budgam—55-year-old man from Ichigam, 29-year-old man from Riayar and 68-year-old woman from Wadwan.

Regarding Srinagar cases, he said, they include one male (53) from Safakadal, 62-year-old man and 53-year-old woman from Batmaloo, 5 persons—3 male (aged 15, 23, and 24) and two female (aged 23 and 24 years)— from Bemina, three females (15, 18 & 43 years) from Alamgari Bazar , a 40-year-old man from Burzhama besides 46-year-old man (from DH pora,), 28-year-old from Shopian and 42-year-old from Anantnag, all working as Employees in Srinagar.  —With inputs from GNS

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