Kashmiri dies from COVID-19 in UK, doctor son appeals people to remain indoors

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Srinagar: A retired government employee from Kashmir who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus has died in Kent, the UK.

The retired employee of the Sales Tax Department, a native resident of Jeelan Abad Peerbagh, Srinagar, had tested positive for the COVID-19 lost the battle for life after twelve days at a hospital in the UK.

Dr. Ziya Rasool Bhat, a Dental Surgeon, told over the phone that his father, now deceased, and mother traveled to the UK in November 2019, where their two sons are settled.

“My two brothers, both doctors, are settled there. He along with mother reached there on 27 November last year. My brother had contracted the disease and it got transmitted to my father as well as my mother but unfortunately, my father could not survive as he died yesterday,” he said, adding, “he was buried as per his will there. After completing the formalities, the burial took place today.” He also informed that his mother and brother have recovered.

Dr. Ziya also appealed people to pray for the departed soul and urged all to take all precautionary measures by staying indoors, religiously following hygiene measures as advised by the authorities.

“It is a deadly disease and has no cure. One can imagine the dangerousness of the disease from the fact that Europeans and other big countries are struggling against it not to speak of India or Kashmir,” said Dr. Ziya. “Save your own being, kids, and kin by staying indoors.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Javid Qanungo, Secretary Indian Dental Association, J-K, also expressed grief over the demise and extended condolence to the bereaved colleague and his family on behalf of the entire Association. “We stand by with our colleague in this hour of grief and may the departed soul rest in peace. Also, pray Almighty Allah to give courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss.” (GNS)

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