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As COVID-19 re-emerged with a deadly second wave, crematoriums and graveyards filled with bodies. Till now, 4160 people have died due to COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir – putting up an episode of grief and sorrow. February marked the beginning of a second wave. This time, the wave was more drastic and miserable, especially for those who lost their family and loved ones.

With more people dying due to the deadly disease on a daily basis, only a few family members of the deceased have been allowed to attend the funeral. The second wave began from February when the Jammu and Kashmir region reported a steady increase in the daily number of active COVID-19 infections. In April, 289 deaths were recorded.

Next month – May, however, was the deadliest COVID-19 month in Jammu and Kashmir when out of the total deaths recorded in May, 628 deaths were reported from the Kashmir valley despite a lockdown. The second wave overwhelmed the health infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir too. The Kashmir Walla’s Umer Asif witnessed a cremation of a COVID-19 patient, who died in Srinagar.

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