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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir on Friday reported 540 new Covid cases, taking the coronavirus tally to 27,489.

On a positive note, 640 persons recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the UT’s total number of recoveries to 19,942.

A statement issued by the government said that of the 540 new cases detected on Friday, 119 were from Jammu division and 421 from Kashmir division.

The number of active cases in the UT at present stands at 7,027, of which 1,615 are in Jammu division and 5,412 in Kashmir division.

Meanwhile, Kashmir Friday reported eight more deaths, five of them women, due to COVID-19, taking the number of those succumbing to the virus to 520 in J&K.

Among those who died due to the pestilence include six from Srinagar and one each from Anantnag and Baramulla. 

Official sources said that a 65-year-old man from Batamaloo Srinagar who was admitted to SMHS hospital on August 4 died at the hospital on Friday.

“He had comorbidities besides Community Acquired Pneumonia,” a senior doctor at the hospital said.

A 75-year-old woman from Bemina and a 50-year-old woman from Nishat besides a woman from Budgam in her 60s, who was a cancer patient, also died at the hospital, the doctor added.

The remaining deaths were reported from SKIMS Soura and include a 62-year-old man from Akingam, Anantnag, a 65-year-old woman from Buchpora ,Srinagar, an 85-year-old man from Sopore, a 73-year-old man from Zadibal and a 55-year-old woman from Kathi Darwaza Srinagar.

A senior doctor SKIMS Soura said that all the patients had underlying ailments besides bilateral pneumonia.

With these deaths, officials said, 520 people have succumbed to the virus in Jammu and Kashmir so far—481 from the Valley and 39 from Jammu division.

Srinagar district with 169 deaths tops the list followed by Baramulla (86), Budgam (38), Anantnag (37), Kulgam (31), Pulwama (35), Kupwara (32),  Shopian (24), Jammu (27), Bandipora (18), Ganderbal (11), two each in Rajouri, Doda, Poonch and Udhampur besides one each in Ramban, Samba, and Kathua. (GNS inputs)

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