With around 1600 deaths – 40% of the total COVID19 casualties since the outbreak of the infection last year in Jammu and Kashmir, May has proven to be the deadliest COVID19 month despite a lockdown.
In May so far, with a day still to go, 1588 people have died due to the infection in the region.
The death toll in the month is a drastic rise from the previously worst months of September 2020, when 478 people had died, and 326 deaths in August 2020 – which were the peak months of the first wave.
J-K recorded a total of 56 deaths in January, 21 deaths in February and 36 deaths in March.
The second wave began from mid-March when the region reported a steady increase in the daily number of Covid-19 infections. In April, 289 deaths were recorded.
Out of the total deaths recorded in May, 628 deaths were reported from Kashmir valley despite a lockdown that had brought the region to a standstill.
So far, 3841 people have succumbed to the virus since March 2020, when the first case of Covid-19 infection was reported in the region. May accounts for 40 percent of these deaths.
The infection numbers and deaths, however, continued to mount in the region throughout the month. On 7 May, JK recorded 5443 cases of infections – which was a record for a single day.
On average, 50 people have died in May. Most of the COVID19 casualties in the month were reported from Jammu city.