COVID19: More deaths in J&K as toll reaches 69

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

SRINAGAR — Jammu and Kashmir reported six more death due to COVID-19 on Wednesday, taking the fatality count due to the virus in J&K to 69.

While two deaths took place in Jammu, four were reported from the Valley and included a 65-year-old man from Shopian, a 70-year-old from Baramulla, a 65-year-old woman from Batamaloo and a 70-year-old resident from Budgam.

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Medical Superintendent JMC, Dr Dara Singh said a 65-year-old COVID-19 patient from Talab Tillo died in isolation ward due “respiratory failure.”

Another patient was from Aknoor, a 68-year-old man, and died at the same facility, sources said.

“The man died on Wednesday afternoon. He was suffering from high fever. His swab sample returned positive tonight,” a senior doctor at GMC said.

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Professor Farooq Jan, Medical Superintendent SKIMS, said that the sexagenarian from Feripora area of Shopian was admitted on June 15 with complains of fever, shortness of breath with a diagnosis of Acute exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

A 70-year-old resident of Khanpora Baramulla died of the disease at SMHS hospital here. Confirming it, Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Dr G N Itoo said that the septuagenarian had bilateral pneumonia. “He was admitted to SMHS Hospital on June 15 and died today,” he added.

The other two deaths include that of a 65-year-old woman from Batamaloo here and Wadwan Budgam.

Deputy Commissioner Budgam, Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza while confirming the death of 70-year-old man from Wadwan area of the central Kashmir district said that he was suffering from pneumonia.

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Regarding the woman, sources said that she had bilateral pneumonia. A resident of Tengpora Batamaloo, she was admitted to SMHS Hospital on June 16 and died a day later.

So far, 69 people have succumbed to the virus in J&K—09 from Jammu and 60 from Valley. Srinagar district with 16 deaths has the highest fatalities followed by Baramulla 12, Kulgam (eight), Shopian (seven), six each in Anantnag and Jammu, Kupwara (five), Budgam (three), Pulwama (two) while one death each has been reported from Bandipora, Doda, Udhampur and Rajouri.

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