J&K Reports Highest Spike Of 13 Deaths In A Day, Toll 208 

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SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir reported its highest rise in Covid-19 deaths on Wednesday with the virus claiming 13 lives. The fresh deaths take the fatality count due to the virus to 208 in J&K.

Official sources told news agency GNS that among the deaths, 10 were reported from SKIMS. The three other fatalities were reported at SMHS hospital here and GMC Anantnag.

Professor Farooq Jan, Medical Superintendent of the SKIMS Soura, said a 60-year-old woman from Sopore who was admitted on July 13 as a “case of SAH (Subarachnoid haemorrhage) expired at 4:00 a.m. today in ward 2A.”

He said an 85-year-old from Ladoora area of the district who was referred from GMC Baramulla “as a diagnosed case of COVID positive with hypertension, CVD, COPD bilateral community-acquired pneumonia (CAP)” died at 6:30 a.m. “The patient was shifted here in need of ventilatory support but was declared dead at 6:30 a.m.”

Later, at around 7 a.m., a 60-year-old man from Hathlango Sopore with underlying “hypertension, hypothyroid, BHP B/L CAP” died at the hospital, Professor Jan said.

Earlier, a 52-year-old man from Lalbazaar Srinagar who was admitted on July 13 as a “case of b/l CAP with ARDS and was covid positive” died at 2:00 a.m., Professor Jan said.

Prior to him, Professor Jan said, a 70-year-old man from Illahibagh Srinagar who was admitted on July 5 “as a case of hypertension,  B/l CAP, Shock and MODS” died at 12 midnight.  The fatality from southern Kashmir district, Professor Jan said that a 77-year-old man from New Colony Pulwama died at 12:30 a.m.

“He was admitted on July 11 in ward 2A as a case of CAP and was covid positive,” he added.

Dr. G H Yatoo, Nodal Officer Coronavirus Control Measures at SKIMS Soura said that a 60-year-old man from Saida Kadal Srinagar died at 8:30 a.m. today.

Admitted on July 14, the sexagenarian was in medical emergency and his sample was taken yesterday. “The body was kept in mortuary and the patient tested covid-19 positive,” he added.

Deputy Commissioner Budgam, Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza said that a 70-year-old patient from Rathsuna area of the central Kashmir district was found positive for Covid-19 after death today.  She also died at SKIMS.

A senior doctor at SKIMS said that a 22-year-old woman from Liver Anantnag died at the tertiary care hospital this afternoon. “Her attendants forcibly took the body,” he said. Later, the local authorities in her hometown persuaded upon the family to take all measures. “Better sense prevailed and all covid-19 related guidelines were followed.”

He said that an 80-year-old from Sopore died at 8:10 p.m. “He was admitted on July 10 and diagnosed as a case of bilateral CAP, ARDS, type-I respiratory failure and Rh Arthritis,” he said.

The doctor said an elderly woman from Srinagar also died at the hospital in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, a 50-year-old woman from Banglow bagh Baramulla died at a hospital at 5:20 p.m. She was admitted on July 14 and was suffering from bilateral pneumonia.

Dr Nazir Ahmad Choudhary told news agency GNS that a 62-year-old from Baramulla man who was admitted on July 9 and diagnosed as a case of “bilateral pneumonia with diabetes mellitus” died today. “His sample had returned positive for the COVID-19,” he added. Later, he said, an 80-year-old man with bilateral pneumonia and other comorbidities died in the hospital.

Meanwhile, a 65-year-old male COVID-19 patient from Takiya Khrewan died at GMC Anantnag, hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Majid Mahrib said. “He was admitted on July 4 and died last night.”

With these deaths, 190 people in Kashmir and 18 in Jammu have died so far due to the COVID-19.

Srinagar district with 50 deaths has the highest fatalities followed by Baramulla (42), Kulgam (22), Shopian (17), Anantnag (17), Budgam (15), eleven each in Jammu and Kupwara, Pulwama (7), Bandipora (3), Ganderbal (4) and Doda (2) while one death each has been reported from Poonch, Udhampur, Rajouri and Kathua.

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