COVID-19: J&K records 8 deaths in 24 hours, toll mounts to 71

Srinagar, June 18: Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed a surge in Covid-19 deaths as eight people died of the deadly virus in the past 24 hours, health officials said on Thursday.

Of the eight deaths, six were recorded in Kashmir and two in Jammu region, taking the total number of COVID deaths in the UT to 72 so far.

Officials said a 60-year-old patient from Shopian district, who was suffering from hypertension and had underlying medical issues was admitted at the Chest Diseases hospital on Wednesday.

“Her samples were taken and the results of which came positive today. She died at the hospital today,” said Medical Superintendent of CD hospital, Dr Saleem Tak.

Earlier on Wednesday,  the Covid positive patients who died  at SMHS include a 70-year-old man from Baramulla, 65-year-old from Batamaloo, 70-year-old from Budgam, 89-year-old from Nawa Bazar, Srinagar and 65- year-old from Shopian in Kashmir division and who patients who died at GMC Jammu include 65-year-old from Tallab Tillo and 68 year old from Akhnoor.

Dr Nazir Choudhary, Medical Superintendent SMHS confirmed that five patients, who were tested positive for Covid-19, died at SMHS in last 24 hours.

He said that all were elderly and were having underlying problems like Hypertension, Pneumonia and respiratory issues.

Officials from Jammu said that a 65-year-old man from Bohri Talab Tillo was under treatment at isolation ward in GMC Jammu died on Wednesday evening.

“The person was under quarantine in a paid quarantine facility after his recent return from New Delhi,” officials said

“He was also showing some symptoms including high fever and his another family member was also positive for Coronavirus,” the officials said.

The second person who died due to Coronavirus is a man from Kote-Garhi area of Akhnoor in Jammu district.

“Man was undergoing treatment for some ailments and was tested positive on Tuesday with his treatment was on in hospital where he breathed his last on Wednesday evening,” officials said.

With seven more deaths, the death toll in J&K has reached to 71 including 62 from Kashmir division and nine from Jammu division.

Srinagar district with 17 deaths has the highest fatalities followed by Baramulla 12, eight each in Kulgam and Shopian, six each in Anantnag, five in Kupwara, three in Budgam, two in Pulwama and one in Bandipora in Kashmir division while as in Jammu division, 6 are from Jammu district and one death each has been reported from Doda, Udhampur and Rajouri—(KNO)

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