Handwara Teenager Becomes Youngest Covid-19 Victim In J&K, Toll 61

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Srinagar- An 18-year-old Covid-19 patient from Handwara area in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district died at SMHS hospital here, officials said on Monday. The teenager is the youngest among the 61 persons who have succumbed to the virus in Jammu and Kashmir so far, officials said.

The teenager, a resident of Handwara area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, was admitted to the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital here on June 12 as a medico-legal case involving assault, the officials said.

His swab sample for the novel coronavirus was taken the next day which came back positive, they said, adding that he died around 3 am.

He had serious head injuries besides bilateral pneumonia, they said.

With this fatality, the death toll due to the pathogen has risen in Jammu and Kashmir to 61— 54 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, five each in Anantnag, Shopian & Kupwara, four in Jammu, three in Budgam, two in Pulwama while one death each has been reported in Bandipora, Doda, Rajouri & Udhampur.   c 

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