Covid-19 Pandemic: JK reports four deaths in a day, toll reaches 40
143 news positive cases also surface across UT
Srinagar: Four Covid-19 infected patients died in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday taking the total number of deaths due to deadly virus to 40, officials said.
They said that the first death was reported from Miran Sahib area of Jammu where a 62-year-old woman who was Covid positive breathed her last at GMC Jammu. Within a span of barely a few hours, a 72-year-old man from Shopian district of South Kashmir also succumbed.
He was also Covid positive. After him, another 70-year-old man from Handwara area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara died taking the number of total deaths in a day to three. In the evening, another elderly man from Baghat-Barzulla area of Srinagar died due to Covid infection at Jawahar Lal Nehru Memorial (JLNM) hospital Rainawari, Srinagar.
With the fresh three deaths, the total number of deaths due to Covid has mounted to 40 of which 35 were recorded in Kashmir and five in Jammu region.
An official from CD hospital Srinagar said that a 72-year-old resident of Nowpora Baskushan area of Shopian district expired at CD hospital on Saturday. He said that the man with many underlying problems was shifted to CD hospital from SMHS on Friday after he tested positive for the virus.
An official from SMHS said that a man from Handwara area of Kupwara who was suffering from many problems including bilateral pneumonia and he died an hour after he was admitted at SMHS. He said that the patient was tested positive for covid-19 few hours after his death at CD hospital. Fourth death was reported at JLNM hospital Srinagar where an elderly patient died after witnessing breathlessness.
The family members of the deceased alleged that the patient died for want of oxygen as no doctor was available for him. However, doctors refuted the allegation saying the patient was sick and had underlying medical conditions after which his condition deteriorated and he breathed his last.
The total 40 Covid-19 deaths include 10 from Srinagar, 4 from Kulgam, 5 from Anantnag, 7 from Baramulla, 4 from Shopian, 2 from Budgam, 2 from Kupwara and one from Bandipora in Kashmir and 3 from Jammu and one each from Udhampur and Doda in Jammu divisions.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir reported 143 new positive cases of novel coronavirus. 43 of them were from Jammu and 100 from Kashmir, the officials said. With these cases, the overall tally of covid-19 patients in J&K has risen to 3467.
In a statement issued here, an official spokesman said that Shopian reported 64 cases, Bandipora 14, Bandipora 14, Kathua 11, Jammu 10, Baramulla 9, Udhampur 6, Budgam, Ramban and Rajouri four each, Anantnag, Kulgam, Srinagar and Poonch three each, Samba and Reasi two each while one case was reported from Doda.
According to the statement out of total cases, 2301 are active positive while 1126 have recovered and 40 have died.
Additionally, till date 208650 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance which included 42003 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 53 in Hospital Quarantine, 2302 in hospital isolation and 57045under home surveillance. Besides, 107208 persons have completed their surveillance period.
However, sources said that today’s cases revealed by the government did not include those reported from SKIMS Soura and SKIMS Bemina labs as well as the latest cases reported at CD’s hospitals diagnostic lab.
Dr. G H Yatoo, Nodal Officer Coronavirus Control Measures at SKIMS, said that out of the 2257 samples processed at the viral diagnostic lab today, 50 returned positive for the virus.
Professor Farooq Jan, Medical Superintendent SKIMS Soura, told that among them, 33 are from Baramulla, five from Srinagar, four from Kupwara, three from Bandipora, two from Pulwama and one each from Kulgam, Anantnag and Budgam.
He said that among the samples received from CMO Srinagar and include 48-year-old man from Lal Bazar, 29-year-old female from Hawala, 8-year-old girl and 15–year-old boy from Hyderpora, 19-year-old teenager from Kupwara, 20-year-old man from Bemina and 23-year-old man from Humhama Budgam.
Regarding samples taken at SKIMS, he said, three returned positive–30-year-old woman from Rafiabad, 85-year-old from Kulgam, and 40–year-old male from CRPF.
Among samples received from CHC Kupwara, he said, the positive cases include 22-year-old and 26-year-old women from Darpora Lolab. Among the samples, received CMC Baramulla, 24 came out to be positive and include residents from Rohama (2), Tengpora Pattan(9), Gulyar (5), Khanpora (5), Heaven (1), Chakloo (1) and Tangmarg (1). Two samples from DH Pulwama which returned positive include 5-year-old girl from Rajpora and 24-year-old from Shadomarg while samples which returned positive from BMO Sopore include 5 from Hatlangoo Baramulla and 10-year-old boy from Nowpora Jagipora Baramulla, 37-year-old from Aadipora Bramulla, 32-year-old man from Seelo Sopore and 29-year-old from Kupwara
Dr Riyaz Untoo, Principal SKIMS Bemina, said that out of the 594 samples processed at the hospital’s diagnostic laboratory till 1730 hours, five came out to be positive for the virus, all from Budgam.
Meanwhile, 40 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals and include 15 from Jammu Division and 25 from Kashmir. (with inputs from GNS, KNO)