Srinagar– The death toll due to Covid-19 rose to 79 in Jammu and Kashmir as swap sample report of an 80-year-old woman, who passed away at a hospital here, returned positive for the novel Coronavirus on Saturday.
Dr Nazir Choudhary, Medical Superintendent SMHS hospital said that the woman had underlying ailments related to chest and kidney, reported news agency GNS.
CMO Kulgam Dr Fazil Kochak said the woman’s body was taken forcibly by attendants soon after her death at SMHS Hospital Srinagar earlier today.
A resident of Khudwani, the elderly woman was admitted to the hospital on June 18 and her swab sample was taken on the same day.
Earlier, two women—a 40-year-old from Srinagar and a 55-year-old from Pulwama district died at CD hospital and SKIMS Soura officials said.
A 40-year-old woman from Safakadal area of Srinagar passed away at Chest Disease (CD) hospital on Saturday, the officials said.
The woman was admitted to the hospital on June 14 after testing positive for Covid-19, the officials said, adding that she had underlying heart ailment and was diabetic.
The second death was that of a 55-year-old Covid-19 positive woman from Tujan Pulwama who passed away at SKIMS hospital Soura on Saturday morning, the officials said.
They said the woman was referred from SMHS hospital on June 16 as a case of meningioma (brain tumor) with obstructive sleep apnea (a serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts).
The patient died at 6:45 a.m. due to cardiopulmonary arrest, they said.
With this fatality, the death toll due to the pathogen has risen in Jammu and Kashmir to 79— 70 in Valley and 9 in Jammu division.
So far Srinagar district with nineteen deaths due to the virus has the highest fatalities, followed by thirteen in Baramulla, ten in Shopian, nine in Kulgam, six in Jammu, five each in Anantnag, Kupwara & Budgam, three in Pulwama while one death each has been reported in Bandipora, Doda, Rajouri & Udhampur.
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