COVID-19 claims 4 more lives in J&K, toll 136

Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI): In Jammu and Kashmir, four more people have died due to coronavirus taking the total number of death toll in the Union Territory to 136.

The fresh deaths include a 55-year-old man from Boniyar, Baramulla, a 56-year-old man from Kralpora Budgam, a 90-year-old man from Baramulla and a 54-year-old man from Aloosa, Bandipora.

Farooq Jan, Medical Superintendent at SKIMS Soura hospital said that a 55-year-old man from Boniyar, Baramulla, who tested positive for COVID-19, died today morning. “The patient was suffering from Cardiac problems and other ailments,” he added.

He further added that another Covid-19 causality was of a 56-year-old man from Budgam, who was very sick and was tested positive for the virus.

“The patient was suffering from Bilateral Community acquired Pneumonia and other underlying ailments. He was on dialysis as well,” the doctor said.

Saleem Tak, Medical Superintendent at Chest Diseases Hospital Srinagar, said that a 90-year-old man from Baramulla who was admitted on June 26 died early morning today. “The patient was suffering from hypertension, bilateral pneumonia and cardiac ailments,” he said.

Nazir Choudhary, Medical Superintendent at SMHS hospital Srinagar, said that a patient from Aloosa, Bandipora, who was admitted on June 4, died today morning. “The patient was tested positive for the virus,” he said. “The patient was also suffering from hypertension, bilateral pneumonia and other ailments.”

With four more deaths, the total number of people who have died due to coronavirus in J&K has reached 136, which includes 122 from Kashmir division and 14 from Jammu division.

The government has already declared entire Kashmir as a red zone barring two districts that include Bandipora and Ganderbal given the spurt in Covid related deaths and surge in positive cases.

A senior official in the divisional administration said that government was deliberating whether to enforce lockdown again in the red zone districts or to put in place other measures to contain the spread of virus further.

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