Srinagar: The death toll due to the novel coronavirus in J&K has gone up to 22 after a lawyer died at a hospital in Jammu, officials said on Monday.

Dr Ravinder Ratanpal, Medical Superintendent ASCOMS Sidhra, said that the samples of the 63-year-old lawyer, a resident of Trikuta Nagar, returned positive after his death at the hospital.

“Samples were sent to the lab few days ago. The report returned positive late last night,” Dr Ratanpuri said, adding, “He had comorbidity and died yesterday.”

He said that the body is being handed over to the family after completion of all formalities under Covid-19.

With this fatality, the death toll due to the virus has gone upto 3 in Jammu division and overall 22 in J&K.

So far Srinagar district has highest number of the fatalities—6 followed by Anantnag and Baramulla with four deaths each while Budgam, Jammu and Kulgam have two each and one death each has been reported from Bandipora and Udhampur. (GNS)

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