COVID-19: Two elderly die in Srinagar hospital, death toll rises to 71

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Srinagar: The death count due to COVID-19 mounted to seventy-one in Jammu and Kashmir after an 80-year-old from Srinagar and a 65-year-old from Shopian succumbed to the virus at a hospital in Srinagar, reported a local news agency, Global News Service (GNS).

Dr. Nazir Choudhary, Medical Superintendent Shri Maharaja Hari Singh hospital, Srinagar, told GNS that the octogenarian from Srinagar’s Nawa Bazar area was admitted on 16 June and died the next day. “He was having hypertension and bilateral pneumonia besides other underlying ailments,” he said.

Of the patient from Shopian, Dr. Choudhary said, the 65-year-old was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday with “acute breathlessness.”

So far, seventy-one people have succumbed to the virus in J-K—nine from Jammu and sixty-two from the Valley. Most of them, seventeen, have died in Srinagar district. It is followed by twelve in Baramulla, eight each in Kulgam and Shopian, six each in Anantnag and Jammu, five in Kupwara, three in Budgam, two in Pulwama, while one death each has been reported from Bandipora, Doda, Udhampur, and Rajouri. (GNS)

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