Coronavirus: Highest single-day deaths reported in J&K

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

SRINAGAR — Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday reported 10 deaths due to novel Coronavirus, taking the fatality count due to the virus in J&K to 117.

Nine of these casualties took place in Kashmir Valley and one in Jammu division which was actually confirmed two days after a 63-year-old from Doda died in an Army hospital.

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Regarding those reported from the Valley, five were reported at SKIMS Soura, three at SMHS Hospital and one at CD Hospital, one of the exclusive facilities for COVID-19 management here.

Professor Farooq Jan, Medical Superintendent SKIMS Soura, said that a 75-year-old man from Kawoosa area of Budgam district died at the hospital around 7:25 PM this evening, five days after he was admitted.

“The patient was diagnosed MND with CAP and he died due to cardiopulmonary arrest,” he said.

Earlier, a 65-year-old man from Nadigam Shopian, who was admitted in Infectious Disease Block of the hospital on July 01 as a case of Coronary Artery Disease with bilateral Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) with Type-1 Respiratory Failure, passed away at 4.45 PM, he said.

Prior to him, Professor Jan said that a 65-year-old resident of Tarigam Kulgam, who was admitted on June 23, died at the hospital. “He was referred from GMC Anantnag in view of B/L CAP with ARDS. The patient was COVID positive and died at 2:30 PM,” he said.

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Before that, 55-year-old and 65-year-old men from Kulgam and Baramulla districts respectively died at the tertiary care hospital.

He said that the quinquagenarian from Yaripora area of Kulgam was admitted on June 22 and died 12:10 AM. “He was known case of hypertension with (type-2 diabetes) with multifocal Encephalopathy (brain disease),” he said.

Another patient—the sexagenarian from Baramulla’s Sopore town also died 10 days after admission to the hospital. “The patient was hypertensive, T2DM (type-2 diabetes) with Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) and he had sudden cardiopulmonary arrest at 3:05 AM” Professor Jan said.

Meanwhile, a resident of Habba Kadal area of Srinagar, a 60-year-old man died at CD Hospital. Dr Salim Tak, hospital’s Medical Superintendent, said that the man was admitted on June 29. “He was diabetic, hypertensive and was suffering pneumonia and other ailments,” he added.

Dr Nazir Choudhary, Medical Superintendent SMHS hospital, said that a 65-year-old man with “bilateral pneumonia” from Kulgam district died this afternoon. “His sample was taken as soon as he was admitted to the hospital yesterday and it came out to be positive for the virus,” he said.

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Also, Dr Choudhary said that a 75-year-old man from Wadwan Budgam district and a 65-year-old from Batamaloo Srinagar with underlying ailments including hypertension and bilateral pneumonia died at the hospital. “The woman was also suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Both of them were admitted yesterday (Wednesday),” he added.

Meanwhile, sources said that a swab sample report of a 63-year-old man from Doda returned positive for the virus. He was actually admitted to GMC Jammu on June 20 and later shifted to Udhampur Army hospital. Having suffered brain hemorrhage, the sexagenarian died on June 30, the sources added.

With the deaths, 117 people so far have succumbed to the virus in J&K— 103 from the Valley and 14 from Jammu division.

Srinagar district with 27 deaths has the highest fatalities followed by Baramulla (18), Kulgam (16), Shopian (13), Budgam (10), Anantnag (9), Jammu (8), Kupwara (6), Pulwama (4), Doda (2) while one death each has been reported from Bandipora, Poonch, Udhampur, Rajouri and Kathua.

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