COVID-19: Death toll in JK reaches 33 with two more fatalities
117 new Covid-19 cases reported, tally jumps to 2718
Srinagar: Two more people succumbed to COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll in the union territory to 33, officials said here on Tuesday.
The fresh fatalities include a 25-year-old man from Kupwara and an 80-year-old woman from Baramulla, they said.
The test report of the man, who had died at a hospital here on Monday, came back positive for COVID-19 this afternoon, they said.
He was suffering from acute pneumonia. He is the youngest patient to die due to COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir, they said.
The officials said the woman, who also died on Monday, has also tested positive for COVID-19.
With these deaths, the death toll due to COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir has risen to 33, they said.
Meanwhile, top pulmonologist Naveed Nazir Shah, who was leading a COVID hospital here, tested positive for the respiratory disease late on Monday night.
“I’m overwhelmed and deeply humbled by the wishes of all my known and unknown well wishers praying for my recovery… tested positive.. followed #protocol and got #admitted … thank you everyone ..remember in prayers,” Shah said in a tweet.
He, however, expressed sadness over some reports that he had doctored his report to avoid duty.
“But (I) am saddened by some reporting my report has been feigned to avoid duties … I will be the last person to do that … I’m in quarantine and working from here … available for all possible deliverable services,” he said.
As of Monday, Jammu and Kashmir had 2,601 COVID-19 cases, according to official data.
Meanwhile, nine pregnant women were among 117 positive cases that were reported in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, taking the total number of patients to 2718 in J&K. Fifteen of the new cases were reported from Srinagar which takes the capital city’s tally to over 300 after Anantnag and Kulgam.
Official sources said that among them 77 were reported from Kashmir and 40 from Jammu division.
Srinagar reported 15 cases, Pulwama 14, Jammu 13, Kulgam 11, Kupwara 10, Ramban and Poonch nine each, Budgam eight, Baramulla and Shopian seven each, Bandipora five, Rajouri 3, Kathua and Udhampur 2 each while one each were reported from Samba and Doda. Among the fresh cases, 36 include travelers while 81 are others. Srinagar’s tally rose to 311 and joined two south Kashmir district in having more than 300 cases— Anantnag (349) and Kulgam (311). Out of the total cases, 1732 are active positive—503 in Jammu and 1229 in Valley— while 953 have recovered and include seven who were discharged today while 33 others have died.
Among the fresh cases, 44 were confirmed at diagnostic laboratories at CD hospital, 22 at SKIMS Soura, 19 at army’s command hospital, and six at SKIMS hospital Bemina.
Dr. Salim Khan, nodal officer for COVID-19 at the Government Medical College Srinagar, told that among 44 cases reported at CD hospital laboratory nine are pregnant women.
Dr. G H Yatoo, Nodal Officer Coronavirus Control Measures at SKIMS, said that out of the 860 samples processed at the viral diagnostic lab on Tuesday, 22 returned positive for the virus.
Professor Farooq Jan, Medical Superintendent SKIMS Soura, said that among them 14 are from Srinagar, three from Shopian, two from Baramulla—22-year-old woman from Sedo Sopore and 21-year-old from Kahitangan— while one each is from Pulwama (22-year-old man from Hatwara), Kupwara (12-year-old from Manigah) and Budgam (75-year-old woman from Beeru).
The Srinagar cases include 47-year-old from Lal Bazar, 46-year-old from Bota Kadal, seven from Safa Kadal— 13-year-old girl, three female, two of them 42-year-old and 52-year-old besides 2-year-old boy, 47-year-old and 52-year-old men, he said.
The other cases from Srinagar include 47-year-old man from Mulfaq Hazratbal, 72-year-old man from Baghwanpora, 29-year-old Alamgari Bazar, 76-year-old from Parraypora and 29-year-old woman from Bemina.
The three cases from Shopian include 37-year-old, 22-year-old and 60-year-old women from Ramnagri.
Dr Riyaz Untoo, Principal SKIMS Bemina said that out of the samples processed at the hospital’s diagnostic laboratory till afternoon today, six came out to be positive. They include three men (aged 39,40 and 25 years)—two from Magam and one from Chadoora. The three other cases, he said, include three females (aged 65, 23 and 32 years)—one from Hyderpora and two from Magam.
Among the cases, 19 were confirmed at Army’s Command Hospital Udhampur. Confirming it, Lt Col Inam Danish Khan said that nine of them were from Ramban , eight from Poonch and two from Udhampur.
According to the daily media bulletin, till date 185119 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance which included 43635 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 43 in Hospital Quarantine, 1732 in hospital isolation and 50220 under home surveillance. Besides, 89456 persons have completed their surveillance period. (with inputs from PTI, GNS)