KAS Officer, 15 Others Die Of Covid-19, J&K Toll 382

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Covid-19 Crosses 20K Mark With 490 New Cases

Srinagar: A senior Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS) Officer, a CRPF personnel and a police sub-inspector were among sixteen people who died of Covid-19 in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, raising the number of fatalities due to virus in the Union Territory to 382.

Among those dead included senior KAS officer Tasaduq Jeelani, who was currently posted as special secretary social welfare department and former director information.

The 57-year-old officer was among three persons who succumbed to the virus at SKIMS Bemina, one of the exclusive facilities for the management of the covid-19 patients in Kashmir Valley, a senior doctor at SKIMS Bemina said. The other deaths at the hospital include a 75-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman from Pulwama district.

“Tasaduq Jeelani could not come out of post COVID complications and passed away in ICU on Ventilator,” a senior government functionary said.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Shahid Choudhary took to twitter to share the shocking demise of the officer.

“I find it difficult to share, our colleague Tasaduq Jeelani has lost battle against Covid. He had responded well, tested negative too but couldn’t overcome post Covid complications. May his soul rest in peace,” Choudhary tweeted.

Meanwhile, regarding two other deaths, a senior doctor said that the woman was referred from Sub District Hospital Pampore on July 29, a day after she tested positive for the virus.

“She was a case of ARDS with Diabetic ketoacidosis with Sepsis,” the doctor said, adding, “She was put on a ventilator and had cardiopulmonary arrest. She was declared dead at around 10.45 p.m.”

Regarding the 70-year-old, the doctor said that he was admitted on July 22 and died at 5 p.m. Friday.

Sources said that five deaths were reported at SMHS since overnight—a 70-year-old woman from Sonwar Srinagar, a 65-year-old man from Peerbagh Srinagar, a 50-year-old CRPF trooper from West Bengal, a 70-year-old man from Habakadal and a middle-aged person from Drugmulla Kupwara.

At least five deaths took place at SKIMS Soura and include a 82-year-old from Lal Bazar, a 75-year-old man from Panzinara, a 62-year-old man from Qamarwari, a 57-year-old woman from Rainawari and a 75-year-old woman from Zukara Srinagar who was admitted today and died at 7:30 p.m. tonight due to cardiopulmonary arrest.

A doctor at SKIMS said that the woman was in medical emergency as a case of “bilateral Pneumonia with type-1 renal failure.”

Earlier, a 52-year-old police sub-inspector died at CD hospital and according to a doctor there, he was having underlying ailments and died early morning. Two deaths were reported from Jammu and include the 56-year-old man from Shastri Nagar who according to a senior doctor at Government Medical College Jammu was brought dead to the hospital.

“The man had high fever for the last 8 days and respiratory distress since Thursday night. He collapsed at home. His covid-19 sample returned positive later,” the doctor added. So far 354 deaths have been reported in Kashmir and 28 in Jammu division.

Covid-19 Crosses 20K Mark With 490 New Cases

Coronavirus cases in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday crossed 20,000 mark as 490 more people, including 34 CRPF and BSF personnel besides 64 travellers tested positive for the virus, taking the total number of infected people across the Union Territory to 20359.

While 297 cases, including 34 CRPF and BSF personnel, two pregnant woman and four minors were reported from Kashmir valley, the remaining 143 were confirmed by the officials from Jammu province.

Giving district wise details, official sources said that Srinagar reported 128 cases, Baramulla 24, Kulgam 11, Shopian 8, Anantnag 21, Kupwara 9, Pulwama 85, Budgam 29, Bandipora 22, Ganderbal 10, Jammu 43, Kathua 11, Rajouri 24, Udhampur 24, Ramban 1, Samba 18, Poonch 1, Kishtwar 1, and Reasi 20.

In Kashmir, Srinagar tops the list with 4786 cases followed by Baramulla with 1901, Kulgam 1504, Shopian 1430, Anantnag 1299, Pulwama 1480, Kupwara 1094, Budgam 1277, Bandipora 733, and Ganderbal 411.

In Jammu division, Jammu district has 1070 cases, Rajouri 670, Ramban 535, Kathua 522, Udhampur 460, Samba 425, Doda 269, Poonch 210 , Reasi 146and Kishtwar 137. With the new cases, the tally overall has risen to 20359—15915 in Kashmir and 4444 in Jammu.

Meanwhile, 375 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and were discharged from various hospitals—78 from Jammu and 297 from Kashmir Division. (with GNS inputs )

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