COVID-19: 65-yr-old man dies in Srinagar; J-K toll mounts to 191

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A 65-year-old COVID-19 patient from Shopian district died at a hospital in Srinagar on Tuesday, taking the fatality count due to the pathogen to 191 in Jammu and Kashmir.

Confirming the death, Dr Shifa Deva, Medical Superintendent Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Bemina, one of the exclusive facilities for the management of the COVID-19 patients, told a local news agency, Global News Service (GNS) that the sexagenarian man was admitted to the hospital on 10 July.

“He already had Coronary bypass surgery and was also suffering from pneumonia,” she added. “He died today.”

Earlier, a 47-year-old agriculture officer from Jammu’s Talab Tillo died at Government Medical College Jammu, two days after he tested positive for the COVID-19.

Principal GMC Jammu Dr Nasib Chand Digra told GNS that the man was admitted to the hospital on July 12 and was put on a ventilator last night. “He died (at 7: 40 a.m.) today,” he said.

A senior doctor at GMC Jammu told GNS that the 47-year-old, Agriculture Officer at Directorate of Agriculture Talab Tillo Jammu, was suffering from bilateral community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and hypertension.

“He had high-grade fever and cough. He remained on oxygen since the time of admission,” the doctor added.

Srinagar district with 46 deaths has the highest fatalities followed by Baramulla (36), Kulgam (21), Shopian (17), Anantnag (14), Budgam (14), eleven each in Jammu and Kupwara, Pulwama (6), Bandipora (3), Ganderbal (4) and Doda (2) while one death each has been reported from Poonch, Udhampur, Rajouri and Kathua. (GNS)

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