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Virus claims 4 more lives in J&K, toll 40

Srinagar: Four persons including a female died in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday due to Covid-19 infection taking the overall death toll related to the pandemic to 40.

Three elderly persons died in Kashmir while a female passed away in Jammu.

An elderly man from North Kashmir’s Handwara town who died in Srinagar hospital was tested positive for Covid-19 infection.

A medico doctor told news agency Kashmir News Trust that a 70 year old patient from Handwara was admitted in Emergency Ward of SMHS Hospital on Friday.

The patient, as per the doctor, suffered from acute chest infection and died in the hospital. After his death his samples were taken and body shifted to mortuary.

“His test was found positive for Covid-19 on Saturday. The body will be handed over to the family with an instruction to strictly follow Covid-19 protocol,” the doctor said.

Another elderly man from Srinagar’s uptown area died due to Covid-19 infection at Rainawari Hospital here during the evening hours of Saturday.

Sources said that the elderly man from Baghat Barzulla was admitted in the hospital after developing Covid-19 infection. On Saturday evening he breathed his last.

Family members alleged that the patient died due to lack of Oxygen. They said that “no doctor was available at the time of death of the patient.”

A doctor refuted this charge saying that the elderly patient was critical, suffering from multiple ailments.

Another elderly man died at CD Hospital in Srinagar.  

Medical Superintendent Chest Disease Hospital Srinagar, Dr Salim Tak told a local news agency that an elderly person, over 70 years old, from South Kashmir’s Shopian district was admitted in the hospital and breathed his last Saturday morning.

He said the deceased was a Covid-19 patient, and also suffered from various ailments including asthma and high blood pressure.

Another elderly female, above 60 years old, died at Medical College Jammu Saturday morning.

Medical Superintendent Government Medical College Jammu Dr Dara Singh said that the female patient from Miran Sahab Jammu was suffering from different ailments besides having ‘Pleural effusion’, sometimes referred to as “water in the lungs”.

With these deaths, the toll has reached 40. Kashmir has witnessed 36 deaths so for while 4 deaths have occurred in Jammu. (With inputs from KNT)