COVID-19: Man from north Kashmir becomes youngest victim of virus, J-K tally mounts to 33

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Srinagar: A 27-year-old man from Lolab area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla was confirmed on Tuesday to have died of COVID-19 at a hospital here, becoming the youngest victim of the dreaded disease in Jammu and Kashmir so far. His death has also taken the death toll due to the infection in the J-K to 33.

“He was admitted in SMHS Hospital Srinagar on June 1 with bilateral pneumonia with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and died within an hour of admission,” Dr. Salim Khan, nodal officer for COVID-19 at the Government Medical College Srinagar, told.

“He tested positive for SARS CoV-2 (COVID) today,” Dr Salim added. earlier, the youngest victim was a 29-year old woman from Fateh kadal Srinagar who died at CD Hospital on May 18 last after battling for life for many days.

The 27-year-old’s death was the second fatality in Kashmir Valley on Tuesday due to the COVID-19 as test reports of an elderly woman from Baramulla returned positive, a day after her death. A resident of Khanpora Baramulla , she was the mother-in-law of a 55-year-old man from same area who died last week.

With the latest fatality, the death toll due to the virus in J-K has gone upto 33. So far Srinagar district has highest number of the fatalities—7 followed Baramulla with six deaths, Anantnag five, Kulgam four, two each from Shopian, Budgam and Jammu while one death each has been reported from Bandipora, Kupwara Doda and Udhampur. (GNS)

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