55 year old man dies of Covid-19, toll rises to 17
Two minors, 3 expecting mothers among 28 test positive
Srinagar: A 55-year-old man became the 17th victim by the novel coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, officials said.
Dr G H Yatoo, Nodal Officer Coronavirus control measures at SKIMS Soura said that the man from Rafiabad in Baramulla district, who was suffering from malignancy, died at the tertiary care hospital Tuesday morning.
With the death, the overall fatality count due to the dreaded disease has gone upto 17 in J&K—15 in Kashmir and two in Jammu. The middle-aged person’s death comes a day after the Valley saw highest single-day spike in deaths with three elderly patients, all from south Kashmir, becoming victims of the deadly disease.
Notably, Srinagar district has reported 5 deaths, highest in any district, followed by Baramulla 4, Anantnag 3 while one death each has been reported in Bandipora, Budgam, Kulgam, Udhampur, and Jammu.
Meanwhile, three expecting women and two minors were among 28 persons who tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, taking the over tally of the Covid-19 patients in the J&K to 1317.
Among the fresh cases, 22 are from Kashmir—11 from Anantnag, seven from Kulgam, two from Baramulla and one each from Ganderbal and Pulwama –while six are from Jammu—two each from Kathua and Udhampur besides one each from Samba and Rajouri. Among the total cases, 653 are active positive—551 in Kashmir and 102 in Jammu— while 647 have recovered while 17 others have died.
Dr. Salim Khan, nodal officer for COVID-19 at the Government Medical College, Srinagar said that among the 1006 samples processed at CD hospital’s Covid-19 testing lab in last 24 hours, 13 returned positive for the disease.
They include nine from Anantnag district while one each is from Kulgam (24-year-old man from Yaripora), Sopore (43-year-old male), Kangan Ganderbal (33-year-old pregnant woman) and Hajabagh Baramulla (41-year-old male, admitted in Jammu.)
The Anantnag cases include 29-year-old from Kokernag (admitted in Jammu), 2 pregnant women –25-year-old from Sanglar and 34-year-old from Kathur) besides 35-year-old woman from Kathur, 20-year-old man from Harteng, 22-year-old woman from Dooru, 20-year-old man from Watzan and 35-year-old from Katriteng area.
Medical Superintendent SKIMS, Professor Farooq Jan said that nine samples at the viral diagnostic lab of the hospital returned positive of the pathogen. They include six from Kulgam district—12-year-old boy, two men—aged 25 and 40— besides 40-year-old woman from Karewa while two others, one a 14-year-old girl and 27-year-old woman, are from Chatabal area.
The three other cases reported at SKIMS include 52-year-old woman from Reshipora Pulwama, 23-year-old from Tailwani Anantnag with travel history to Gurgaon and 43-year-old man from Rajouri Jammu.
Six other samples were confirmed at the army’s Command Hospital Udhampur and include three from Kathua, one each from Samba, Anantnag, and Udhampur districts, sources said.
The government in a daily media bulletin said till date 119155 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance. They included 31524 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 87 in Hospital Quarantine, 653 in hospital isolation and 19555 under home surveillance. Besides, 67319 persons have completed their surveillance period. (with GNS inputs)