COVID-19: Kashmir records 3 more deaths, J-K toll 211

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Kashmir Valley reported three more deaths due to COVID-19, taking the fatality count due to the virus to 211, unnamed officials told a local news agency, Global News Service (GNS) on Thursday.

Two of the fatalities were reported from Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura and include a 65-year-old man from Khajabagh, Baramulla, and his age-mate from Serhama, Anantnag. The other one was a 60-year-old resident of Sanbari Kokernag, whose COVID-19 positive test was confirmed, three days after her death at Government Medical College, Anantnag.

Regarding the sexagenarian from the north Kashmir district, a senior doctor at SKIMS told GNS that he was admitted on 7 July as a “case of bilateral CAP (community-acquired pneumonia), Type 1 Respiratory failure and severe ARDS.”

Having hypertension as comorbidity, the COVID-19 patient died at 6:40 a.m. due to “cardiopulmonary arrest,” the doctor said.

Regarding the 65-year-old man from Serhama village, the doctor said that he had multiple problems.

Meanwhile, as regards the sexagenarian from Sanbari Kokernag, unnamed official sources told GNS that her sample was taken on 10 July and returned positive late last night. A family member said that number of people participated in her ‘Ghusl’ while hundreds participated in funeral prayers.

“She died at around 11 p.m. on 13 July and we took body other day. A number of people participated in ‘Ghusl’ and several hundred people took part in her funeral,” the family member said, adding, “Neither anyone at GMC Anantnag nor any official from the district told us to follow COVID-19 related guidelines. We are illiterate. Now we have been told there would be testing of family members.”

So far, 193 people in Kashmir and 18 in Jammu have died due to the COVID-19.

Srinagar district with 50 deaths has the highest fatalities followed by Baramulla (45), Kulgam (23), Shopian (17), Anantnag (17), Budgam (15), Kupwara (11), Jammu (11), Pulwama (7), Ganderbal (4), Bandipora (3) and Doda (2) while one death each has been reported from Poonch, Udhampur, Rajouri, and Kathua. (GNS)

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