COVID-19: South Kashmir man dies in Srinagar, J-K toll 85

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Srinagar: A 58-year-old man from Kokernag area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district died of COVID-19 at Chest Disease hospital in Srinagar, taking the fatality count due to the virus in Jammu and Kashmir to eighty-five.

“He was shifted from GMC [Government Medical College] Anantnag on 19 June. Having thyroid problems coupled with bilateral pneumonia, the patient was on ventilator and died at around 4 p.m.,” Dr Salim Tak, Medical Superintendent CD hospital, one of the exclusive facilities for the management of the covid-19 patients in Valley, told a local news agency, Global News Service.

This is the second death due to COVID-19 in the Valley today. Earlier a 65-year-old man from Kakapora, Pulwama, with underlying health conditions died at Shri Maharaja Hari Singh hospital.

Dr Nazir Choudhary, Medical Superintendent of the hospital, told GNS that the patient had “bilateral pneumonia”. “He was admitted on 21 June and died on the same day. His sample returned positive,” he added.

So far, eighty-five people have succumbed to the virus in J-K—ten from Jammu and seventy-five from the Valley.

So far, Srinagar district has reported the most number of fatalities–nineteen. It is followed by Baramulla 13, ten each in Shopian and Kulgam (10), Jammu (7), Budgam (6), five each in Kupwara and Anantnag , Pulwama (four) while one death each has been reported from Bandipora, Doda, Udhampur and Rajouri. (GNS)

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