SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday reported six deaths due to COVID-19 including a 38-year-old National Conference leader, taking the fatality count due to the virus in Jammu and Kashmir to 155.

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Officials said the 38-year-old NC leader was serious and died this evening.

“He was admitted with severe respiratory tract infection in July. He was on oxygen since admission and put on ventilator yesterday evening,” Principal GMC Jammu told news agency GNS. He expired at 07.15 P.M. in the isolation ward of GMC Jammu, he said.

“Sadly we lost Rohit (Kirni) a few minutes ago. He had been put on a ventilator but the medical teams, in spite of their best efforts, couldn’t stabilise him. He leaves behind a wife & two young kids,” party vice president and former chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted.

Officials said that a 65-year-old woman from Kulgam died at SKIMS Bemina, one of the exclusive facilities meant for the management of the COVID-19 in the Valley.

The sexagenarian was referred from Kulgam and died this afternoon, Dr Shifa Deva, Medical Superintendent of the hospital said.

“Having breathlessness, she was admitted at around 7 p.m. on July 8. She was having pneumonia besides other underlying ailments such as hypertension,” she said.

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Earlier in the day, 80-year-old, 60-year-old and 70-year-old women from Srinagar Baramulla, and Pulwama districts respectively died.

Dr Nazir Choudhary said that the octogenarian from Natipora Srinagar died at 4:15 a.m.

Admitted to the hospital on June 1, Dr Chodhary said that she had underlying ailments like hypertension, diabetes and community-acquired bilateral pneumonia (CAP).

Regarding 70-year-old from Pulwama, Dr Choudhary said she was having multiple problems including bilateral pneumonia. She was admitted on July 6 and died today, he added.

Meanwhile, the sexagenarian woman from Pattan area of north Kashmir district died at CD hospital, one among the exclusive facilities for the management of the COVID-19 patients.

“She was admitted in ICU of the hospital on June 6 with hypertension, hypothyroidism and bilateral pneumonia,” Dr Salim Tak, Medical Superintendent of the CD hospital said.

Officials said that one COVID-19 death was reported from Shopian. The elderly woman had died few days ago at her home but her sample was taken at the local hospital where she was treated, officials added.

With these deaths, 140 people in Kashmir and 15 in Jammu division have died so far due to the virus.

Srinagar district with 39 deaths has the highest fatalities followed by Baramulla (31), Kulgam (18), Shopian (15), Anantnag (12), Budgam (11), Jammu (9), Kupwara (7), Pulwama (5), Bandipora (3), Doda (2) while one death each has been reported from Ganderbal, Poonch, Udhampur, Rajouri and Kathua.


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