Kashmir man dies of COVID-19 in England, his Doctor son appeals all to stay indoors

Srinagar, April 9: A retired government employee from Kashmir who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus has died in Kent in the United Kingdom (UK).

The retired employee of the Sales Tax Department, originally a resident of Solina and at present Jeelan Abad Peerbagh Srinagar had tested positive for the dreaded disease and lost the battle for life after 12 days at a hospital in the UK.

Dr Ziya Rasool Bhat (Dental Surgeon) said that his father, now deceased, and mother traveled in November last to the UK where two of their sons are settled.

“My two brothers, both doctors, are settled there. He along with mother reached there on 27 November last year. My brother had contracted the disease and it got transmitted to my father as well as my mother but unfortunately, my father could not survive as he died yesterday,” he said, adding, “He was buried as per his will there. After completing the formalities, the burial took place today.” He also informed that his mother and brother have recovered.

Dr Ziya also appealed people to pray for the departed soul and urged all to take all precautionary measures by staying indoors, religiously following hygiene measures as advised by the authorities.

“It is a deadly disease and has no cure. One can imagine the danger of the disease from the fact that Europeans and other big countries are struggling against it not to speak of India or Kashmir. Save your own being, kids, and kin by staying indoors,” Dr Ziya said.

Meanwhile, Dr Javid Qanungo, Secretary Indian Dental Association, J&K, expressed grief over the demise and extended condolence to the bereaved colleague and his family on behalf of the entire Association. “We stand by with our colleague in this hour of grief and may the departed soul rest in peace. Also, pray Almighty Allah to give courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss.” (GNS)

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