COVID-19: Kashmir records fourth death in a day, J-K tally mounts to 45

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir on Monday reported fourth death due to COVID-19, taking the death toll due to the virus in Jammu and Kashmir to forty-five.

Dr. Nazir Choudhary, medical superintendent Shri Maharaja Hari Singh hospital, told a local newswire, Global News Service, that a 55-year-old COVID-19 patient, who was a resident of Pampore in Pulwama district, died of “pneumonia among other underlying ailments”.

Earlier, a 65-year-old man from Handwara died at Chest Disease (CD) hospital in Srinagar, eleven days after he was admitted to the facility, one of the exclusive institutes meant for the management COVID-19 patients in Kashmir Valley.

Dr Salim Tak, Medical Superintendent CD hospital, said that the COVID-19 positive sexagenarian had multiple underlying ailments and died this afternoon.

Also, a 40-year-old paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force trooper and a 35-year-old resident of Khaniyar Srinagar died at two hospitals in Srinagar.

Confirming the death of the paramilitary trooper, Professor Farooq Jan, Medical Superintendent Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences that the swab samples of the personnel, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, was taken on 5 June which subsequently returned positive for the pathogen.

“He expired on 7 June due to cardiopulmonary arrest. The patient was diagnosed with ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome),” he added.

Meanwhile, a 35-year-old man from Miskeen Bagh Khaniyar died last night at the CD hospital, hours after he was shifted from SMHS hospital after he tested positive for the virus, Dr Salim Tak said.

“He was admitted in SMHS hospital. Soon after his swab sample returned positive for the COVID-19, he was shifted to CD hospital where he died,” he said.

So far, Srinagar district has recorded the highest COVID-19 deaths–12. It is followed by Baramulla seven, Anantnag six, Kulgam four, three each in Shopian, Kupwara, and Jammu, two in Budgam while one death each has been reported from Pulwama, Bandipora, Doda, and Udhampur. (GNS)

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