Srinagar: Three days after his death and subsequent burial, the swab sample result of a 75-year-old man from Mehjoor Nagar here returned positive for the covid-19 on Thursday, taking the fatality count due to the pathogen to 90 in J&K.
Medical Superintendent Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital Dr Nazir Choudhary told a local news gathering agency Global News Service (GNS) that the septuagenarian was admitted on 22 June. His swab sample was taken at 11 p.m. on 22 June while he died at wee hours on 23 June. “The family had taken the body forcibly and buried it later,” sources said.
Earlier, a 57-year-old COVID-19 positive man from Poonch with underlying health conditions including acute renal failure died at GMC Jammu.
The quinquagenarian was referred from Samba to Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu on 19 June and died late last night, sources said.
This is the first death due to the COVID-19 in Poonch district, they said.
“He was diabetic and had acute renal failure,” Dr Dara Singh, Medical Superintendent JMC Jammu, told GNS. “He died late last night,” he added.
So far, 90 people have succumbed to the virus in J&K—11 from Jammu division and 79 from the Valley.
Srinagar district with 22 deaths has the highest fatalities followed by Baramulla 13, Kulgam (11), Shopian (10), Jammu (7), six each in Budgam and Anantnag, Kupwara (5), Pulwama (four) while one death each has been reported from Bandipora, Poonch, Doda, Udhampur and Rajouri. (GNS)