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COVID19: Two deaths, 148 new cases; tally nearing 5000 in Jammu and Kashmir

Markets reopened in Srinagar after nearly three months of COVID-19 lockdown (Photo: KM/Umar Ganie)

Srinagar: At least 24 CRPF personnel and three pregnant women were among 148 persons who tested positive for COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. The fresh cases take the tally in J&K to 4878.

The day also saw two deaths in Kashmir taking the toll of those getting infected and passing away during this pandemic to 55.

A patient form South Kashmir’s Shopian district who died in Srinagar hospital was tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday.

After the death of the patient, his body was shifted to Government Medical College Mortuary.

A medico at SMHS Hospital confirmed his death saying that 50 year old patient was suffering from multiple ailments and after his death he was found Covid-19 positive. The patient was admitted in the hospital on 11 June.

During the intervening night of June 12 and 13 a 74 year old doctor from Parraypora Srinagar died of Covid-19 infection. He breathed his last at JVC SKIMS Hospital Bemina.

Dr Riyaz Untoo, Principal SKIMS Bemina told news agency KNT that the patient was on treatment for Covid-19 from June 2 at the hospital. “He was intubated and on Ventilator,” he said, adding that the Consultant and SR Critical Care were on spot managing the patient who could not survive despite all efforts.

The deceased, Dr Untoo said, was suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Of the new positive cases, 45 were reported from Kulgam, Baramulla 8, Srinagar 12, Anantnag 1, Shopian 15, Kupwara 7, Bandipora 3, Budgam 8, Pulwama 9, Ganderbal 2, Jammu 6, Ramban 2, Udhampur 2, Kathua 6, Poonch 1, Samba 8, Rajouri 5 and Doda 8.

Dr. G H Yatoo, Nodal Officer Coronavirus Control Measures at SKIMS, told that out of the 1984 samples processed at the viral diagnostic lab on Saturday, 66 returned positive for the virus.

Professor Farooq Jan, Medical Superintendent SKIMS Soura, said among them 33 were from Anantnag, ten from Srinagar, six each from Kupwara, Baramulla, Shopian besides three Bandipora and two from Ganderbal. 

Regarding Anantnag cases, he said, 24 of them pertain to CRPF—22 (aged between 24 to 58 years) from 94 Battalion CRPF Urnhall besides one each—26-year-old and 31-year-old men from 40 and 80 battalions respectively.

The other cases from the southern Kashmir district include two residents from Hiller Kokernag, one each from Batkoot Pahalgam, Siligam, Gohan, Pahalgam, Ugjan Dialgam, Hakhura and Samsipora.

Bandipora cases include 14-year-old girl from Baduaab Tetail, male (25) from Wanpora Gurez and male (44) from Saradaab.

Baramulla cases include three men (aged 20, 22 & 52 years) from Delina and a 22-year-old woman from Baramulla town while Ganderbal cases include 64-year-old woman and 66-year-old male from Shuhama. Kupwara cases include woman (23) from Gulgam, male (27) from Harie, two—male (34) and female (21) from Panzam, 36-year-old woman from Yamler and 19-year-old from Zachaldara.

Those from Shopian include four residents (aged 18, 20, 55 and 70) from Therin Kandi, 23-year-old male from Sedow and 40-year-old man from Mantribugh.

Six samples were received from SKIMS and include 39-year-old woman from Soura, 19-yuear-old from Tangmarg, 26-year-old man from Lasjan Srinagar, a 68-year-old doctor from Lalnagar Srinagar, 75-year-old man from Parraypora and 32-year-old male from Khonmoh Srinagar.

One sample which tested positive was received from CMO Srinagar—8-year-old girl from Natipora, one from BMO Tangmarg—22-year-old male from Reram. 

Sources said that 38 of the cases were confirmed at CD hospital lab and included three pregnant women.

Dr Riyaz Untoo, Principal SKIMS Bemina, told that out of the samples processed, 14 tested positive—nine from Budgam and five from Shopian. (With GNS and KNT inputs)