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Shopian man dies of COVID-19, death toll 29

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Srinagar: A day after a 45-year-old man from Shopian district died at SKIMS Soura, his swab sample returned positive for the novel coronavirus on Monday, taking the death toll due to the disease in Jammu and Kashmir to 29.    

The victim, a resident of Ramnagar Shopian, was admitted to in SKIMS Soura’s Emergency at 9 pm on May 31 as a case of “Chronic Kidney Disease with b/l Chest infiltrates”, Professor Farooq Jan, Medical superintendent of the tertiary hospital told GNS.

“The patient had AGE (Acute Gastroenteritis) like illness and was in shock,” he said, adding, “after initial stabilization, the patient was shifted to Ward 2A as a suspect case of COVID-19 and his nasopharyngeal swab was taken.”

He said that the patient died during midnight. “The body was kept in the mortuary and all precautions were taken,” he said.  The swab sample for the COVID-19 came positive at 2 pm, he added.

With the fatality, the death toll due to the virus in J&K has gone upto 29. So far Srinagar district has highest number of the fatalities—7 followed by Anantnag  and Baramulla with five deaths each, Kulgam has reported four while Budgam, Shopian and Jammu have two each and one death each has been reported from Bandipora and Udhampur.