Valley Reports 3 More Deaths, J&K Toll 56

Srinagar: Kashmir Valley on Saturday reported three more deaths due covid-19. The victims included a 74-year-old retired doctor from Srinagar, a 60-year-old resident from Shopian and a 75-year-old from Baramulla. Their deaths took the fatality count in J&K to 56—6 from Jammu and 50 from Valley.

Professor Farooq Jan, Medical Superintendent SKIMS told GNS that a 75-year-old man from Kathbagh died at the tertiary care hospital on Saturday afternoon. “He had underlying disease such as KCO, COPD, HTN andT2DM,” he said.

 Professor Jan said body was in mortuary as the test report returned positive for the virus.

Earlier, Dr Nazir Chowdhary, Medical Superintendent of the SMHS hospital, told GNS that the sexagenarian was admitted on June 11 and his swab sample was taken next day.

“He had bilateral pneumonia and died today morning. Later, the result of the sample returned positive for the covid-19,” he added.

Earlier, a 74-year-old retired doctor from Parraypora Srinagar died of covid-19 early Saturday morning at SKIMS Bemina here.

Dr Riyaz Untoo, Principal SKIMS Bemina, told GNS that the patient was on treatment for Covid-19 from June 2 at the hospital. “He was intubated and on Ventilator,” he said, adding, “The Consultant and SR Critical Care were on spot managing the patient who could not survive despite all efforts.”

The deceased, Dr Untoo said, was suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

So far Srinagar district with 13 deaths has the highest fatalities, followed by Baramulla 11 , Kulgam eight, Anantnag six, five in Shopian, Kupwara and Jammu three each, two each in Pulwama and Budgam while one death each has been reported from Bandipora, Doda, Udhampur and Rajouri. (GNS)

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