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COVID19: Kashmir reports two more deaths, J&K toll 26

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Srinagar: Two more people coronavirus positive patients have died in Kashmir, officials said on Wednesday taking the death toll due to the disease in J&K to 26 — 23 in Valley and 3 in Jammu.

One among the victims includes a 70-year-old man from Sarnal Anantnag who died on Tuesday at GMC Anantnag and has sample came out positive posthumously, news agency GNS reported.

The second person to die of the virus is a 55-year-old resident of Fateh Kadal Srinagar who had tested positive earlier this month and ultimately died of cardiac arrest on Wednesday. 

Principal GMC Anantnag, Dr Showkat Gellani, said that man from Anantnag with underlying ailments like pneumonia was admitted to the hospital on May 25.

“He died yesterday and his sample came out to be positive today,” he added.  He said that body has been kept in mortuary and will be handed over as per the COVID-19 protocol. 

Meanwhile, Dr Salim Khan, Nodal officer for COVID-19 at GMC Srinagar told news agency Kashmir News Observer that the 55-years-old male  was shifted to CD Hospital Srinagar from SICU SMHS on May 18 as “operated case of Exploratory Laprotomy with Appendectomy after testing COVID positive.”

“Patient was kept intubated in SICU SMHS Hospital and then extubated, kept on NIV and then was shifted to CD Hospital,” he said adding that at CD Hospital, patient was “improving and hemodynamically stable and was maintaining saturation without oxygen.”

Dr Khan added that at 4 pm on Wednesday, the patient suffered sudden cardiac arrest and was “immediately intubated, coupled to ventilator and resuscitated.”

“The patient developed another cardiac arrest and died instantly,” he said.

At seven, Srinagar, so far, has the highest number of fatalities followed by Anantnag (5), Baramulla and Kulgam with four deaths while Budgam and Jammu have two each and one death each has been reported from Bandipora and Udhampur districts. (GNS inputs)