COVID-19: CRPF inspector among seven more die, J&K toll 188

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

SRINAGAR — Jammu and Kashmir reported seven more deaths due to COVID-19 including a 65-year-old who died while his sample for the virus was being taken and a paramilitary CRPF Sub Inspector posted with 18th battalion at Uranhal Kulgam.

The fresh deaths take the fatality count due to the pestilence in J&K to 188—17 from Jammu and 171 from Kashmir Valley.

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The deaths include two persons, both aged 55 years, from Nikat Arbal and Litter Pulwama respectively, CRPF trooper posted in Kulgam, 70-year-old man from Handwara, 73-year-old woman from Soibugh Budgam, 45-year-old from Sopore and a 65-year-old man from Rawalpora Srinagar who died while his sampling was being done at CD Hospital, one of the exclusive facilities for the management of COVID-19 patients here.

Dr Salim Tak, Medical Superintendent at CD Hospital, said that the quinquagenarian female from Pulwama was admitted on July 05. “She was suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and bilateral pneumonia, besides other ailments. She died today,” he added.

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Earlier, a 45-year-old man from Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district died of COVID-19 at SKIMS Soura.

The quadragenarian was suffering from bilateral community acquired pneumonia (CAP) besides “multiple myelomas, thrombocytopenia and electrolyte dysfunction,” Dr G N Itoo, Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, said. He died at SKIMS Soura around 5:45 AM, Dr Itoo added.

Meanwhile, a paramilitary CRPF trooper, who was posted in Kulgam, died at SMHS Hospital. The trooper’s death is the second fatality due to the virus among the paramilitary ranks in Jammu and Kashmir so far.

Medical Superintendent SMHS Hospital Srinagar, Dr Nazir Choudhary, said that the 55-year-old died at the hospital this morning. “His sample came out to be positive this afternoon,” he added.

The 65-year-old man from Rawalpora Srinagar who had died due to cardiac arrest while his sample was being taken for COVID-19 tested positive for the virus later in the day.

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Dr Salim Tak said that the man suffered cardiac arrest while his sampling was being done. “His sample was taken and it came positive for COVID-19 now,” he added.

The other deaths include 55-year-old man from Pulwama, 70-year-old man from Handwara and 73-year-old female from Soibugh Budgam, officials said. “They died in last few days and their sample came out positive today or late last night.”

Srinagar district with 46 deaths has the highest fatalities followed by Baramulla (35), Kulgam (21), Shopian (16), Anantnag (14), Budgam (14), Jammu (10), Kupwara (11), Pulwama (6), Bandipora (3), Ganderbal (4) and Doda (2) while one death each has been reported from Poonch, Udhampur, Rajouri and Kathua.

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