J&K Reports 11 COVID-19 Deaths In A Day, Toll Now 171

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SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday reported eleven more COVID-19 related deaths, the highest single-day spike in fatalities so far.  The deaths—nine from Valley and two from Jammu, take fatality count due to the deadly virus in J&K to 171. Also, 102 people have died in little over three weeks in J&K as the death toll stood at 69 on June 18.

A select group of young men wearing personal protection equipment offering the funeral prayers of a lady at Hakoora village of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Saturday, July 11, 2020. KL Image by Shah Hilal

Officials said that the victims include a 50-year-old from Handwara, 58-year-old from RS Pora Jammu, a 73-year-old male from  Pattan Baramulla, a 55-year-old man from Bari Brahmana Jammu, a 45-year-old man from Trehgam Kupwara, a 25-year-old woman from Anantnag, 50-year-old man Kanipora (Budgam), a 65-year-old woman from Habba Kadal Srinagar, a 70-year-old woman from Nuner Ganderbal, a 56-year-old woman from Shalimar and 77- year-old man from Hyderpora Srinagar.

Medical Superintendent SKIMS Dr Nazir Choudhary told news agency GNS that a 50-year-old man from Handwara having bilateral pneumonia with co-morbidities died today. “His sample which was taken on July 10 returned positive for the COVID-19,” he said.

The 45-year-old man from Kanipora Budgam died at SMHS hospital. “He had Bilateral pneumonia,” Dr Choudhary said.

Regarding the 25-year-old woman, resident of Hakura Anantnag, died at the SMHS hospital, Dr Choudhary said:

“The woman was having high blood pressure. Later a caesarean section was done in an emergency (at LD hospital on June 27) and a male baby was born who is safe”.  The woman, admitted to the hospital on July 3, had “intracranial haemorrhage due to high blood pressure and she was put on a ventilator and died last night,” he added.

Medical superintendent SKIMS Dr Farooq Jan said that the woman from Shalimar was admitted on July 10  and had bilateral Community-acquired pneumonia and T1RF.

“She was inward 2A and died at 12:30 p.m.  Her test came positive later,” he said.

Regarding Shalimar woman, Professor Farooq said that she died at 05:10 p.m. with the cause of death being cardiopulmonary arrest. “She was admitted on July 6 and was known case of B/L CAP with HTN with DM.”

The 73-year-old man from Pattan area of Baramulla district died SKIMS, two days after he was admitted. The septuagenarian was suffering “COPD with pancytopenia with B/L lung infiltrates”, Professor Farooq said.

A 77-year-old man from Hyderpora Srinagar died At SKIMS Soura and according to Professor Farooq Jan, the septuagenarian was “a case of Carcinoma Urinary Bladder and was admitted with Bilateral Pneumonia With ARDS.”

“He was very sick and was on a ventilator (Under Double Pressor Support) in IDB Block,” Professor Jan said, adding, “He expired at 7.45 a.m., today.”

Meanwhile, a 65-year-old man from Srinagar’s Habba Kadal area died at CD hospital here.

“The patient was diabetic, hypertensive and had bilateral pneumonia,” Dr Salim Tal, Medical Superintendent CD hospital said.

A resident of Trehgam, the quadragenarian succumbed at CD hospital, one of the exclusive facilities for the management of the COVID-19 patients here.

“He was having hypertension, diabetes and bilateral pneumonia. The patient was on a ventilator,” Dr Salim Tak said. “He was shifted from SMHS hospital on July 4 and died this morning,” Dr Tak added.

Prior to him, a 55-year-old man from Bari Brahmana died at Government Medical College Jammu.

Medical Superintendent of GMC Jammu, Dr. Dara Singh said that the quinquagenarian had comorbidities like “CA bladder and diabetes.”  He was admitted on June 29 and died today, he added.

Later in the evening, a 58-year-old man with severe respiratory symptoms apart from hypertension and liver disease died at GMC Jammu, Principal GMC Jammu Dr Nasib Chand said.

With these deaths, 154  people in Kashmir and 17 in Jammu division have died so far due to the virus.

Srinagar district with 42 deaths has the highest fatalities followed by Baramulla (32), Kulgam (18), Shopian (16), Anantnag (14), Budgam (12), Jammu (10), Kupwara (9), Pulwama (5), Bandipora (3), two each in Doda and Ganderbal while one death each has been reported from Poonch, Udhampur, Rajouri and Kathua.

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