Covid-19 Claims 16 More Lives In J&K, Toll Reaches 649


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84 Travellers Among 701 New Cases

Srinagar: As many as 16 more people, including a CRPF personal succumbed to coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, raising the total number of people dead since the pandemic outbreak in the Union Territory to 649.

While thirteen of the victims hailed from Valley, three others devoured by the deadly infection were residents of Jammu division, officials said Tuesday.

The victims from Jammu, the officials said included a 53-year-old and a 63-year-old male from Bakshi Nagar. They died in the Government Medical College (GMC) in the winter capital. The third victim from the division was a 45-year-old woman from Kathua, who died at GMC Kathua.

In Valley, four people from Srinagar were among the fatalities reported today.

Sources said that a 45-year-old CRPF man from 162 battalion who was posted at Humhama Budgam died at SKIMS Soura, six days after he was admitted to the tertiary care hospital.

A 46-year-old man from Sumbal Bandipora, who was also admitted to the hospital on August 2 died this morning, they said.

Also, a 52-year-old man from Anchar Soura died at the tertiary care hospital, ten days after he was admitted and diagnosed with multiple underlying ailments.

A 95-year-old man from Kawdara Srinagar died four days after he was admitted to CD hospital, one of the exclusive facilities for the management of Covid-19 patients in the Valley.

According to a doctor at the hospital he was suffering from severe Covid-19 pneumonia with hypertension, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and BPH. He was declared dead at 12:40 a.m.

An 80-year-old Covid-19 positive woman and having multiple ailments from Bamnoo Achgoza Pulwama died at district hospital Pulwama, they said.

A 65-year-old woman from Maisuma Srinagar died at SMHS hospital, eight days after she was admitted with bilateral community acquired pneumonia.

An 86-year-old man from Safapora Ganderbal died eight days after he was admitted to SKIMS Bemina, also among exclusive facilities for the management of the Covid-19 patients here.

A 65-year-old man from Tangmarg who was admitted to SMHS hospital few days back as a case of hypertension, diabetes and bilateral community acquired pneumonia died at SMHS hospital, they said.

A 65-year-old man from KhanSahib Budgam who was admitted as a case of bilateral CAP also died at the SMHS hospital.

A 70-year-old man from Kupwara who was admitted to the hospital on August 10 with Bilateral CAP died this evening.

A 62-year-old man from Rawalpora Srinagar died at CD hospital this evening, four days after he was admitted with underlying ailments.

A 50-year-old man from Sheikhzoo Ganderbal was also among the victims, they said.

Sources added that a 66-year-old woman from Monghal Kulgam died at SKIMS Soura, four days after she was admitted to the hospital.

With these deaths, 649 people have died in Jammu and Kashmir—50 from Jammu division and 599 from Valley with more than 200 victims from Srinagar alone.

84 Travellers Among 701 New Cases

Meanwhile Jammu and Kashmir reported on Tuesday 701 fresh cases of Covid-19, including 84 travellers, taking the total number of people infected by the deadly disease across the Union Territory to 33,776.

While 562 new cases were reported from Kashmir valley, the remaining 139 were confirmed Covid-19 positive by the officials from the Jammu division.

Srinagar district reported the highest number of 208 new cases, followed by 76 in Jammu district, the officials said.

This was for the fourth time in past five days that the number of fresh COVID cases in Srinagar district was more than 200.

In Poonch district of Jammu, the Deputy Commissioners office was closed for visitors after three employees tested positive for the disease on Tuesday, and the public has been asked to contact the officials over the phone in case of any urgent issue.

The three employees, including an operator of the deputy commissioner, were among the 139 fresh cases detected across 10 districts of the Jammu region, the officials said.

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