COVID-19: Shopian man dies in Srinagar; toll 55

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Srinagar: Kashmir Valley on Saturday reported second death due to COVID-19 after a 60-year-old resident from Shopian, south Kashmir, died at Shri Maharaja Hari Singh hospital. With his death, the toll has in Jammu and Kashmir to 55.

Dr Nazir Chowdhary, Medical Superintendent of the hospital, told a local news agency, Global News Service, that the sexagenarian was admitted on 11 June and his swab sample was taken the next day.

“He had bilateral pneumonia and died today morning. Later, the result of the sample returned positive for the COVID-19,” he added.

Earlier, a 74-year-old retired doctor from Parraypora Srinagar died of COVID-19 early Saturday morning at SKIMS Bemina here.

Dr Riyaz Untoo, Principal SKIMS Bemina, told GNS that the patient was on treatment for COVID-19 from 2 June at the hospital.

“He was intubated and on Ventilator,” he said, adding, “The Consultant and SR Critical Care were on spot managing the patient who could not survive despite all efforts.”

The deceased, Dr Untoo said, was suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

So far Srinagar district with 13 deaths has the highest fatalities, followed by Baramulla ten, Kulgam eight, Anantnag six, four each in Shopian, Kupwara and Jammu, two each in Pulwama and Budgam while one death each has been reported from Bandipora, Doda, Udhampur and Rajouri. (GNS)

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