COVID-19 deaths spurt in J&K; toll at 192

Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI):  The fresh spurt in Covid-19 deaths has triggered a fear across Jammu and Kashmir with one of the leading hospitals in Kashmir declaring emergency.

Kashmir has recorded four deaths due to the pandemic since morning including a paramilitary CRPF man, who died at SKIMS hospital Soura taking the number of people who have died due to the virus in the Union Territory to 192.

With no let up in the deaths due to the pandemic, SKIMS tertiary care hospital has declared an emergency and asked attendants of patients at Sarai to vacate immediately so that Covid patients could be accommodated there.

Farooq Jan, Medical Superintendent at SKIMS, had recently stated that the situation was about to go out of control as the pandemic had taken an ugly turn in J&K.

Nazir Choudhary, Medical Superintendent at SMHS hospital Srinagar, said that a 35-year-old CRPF man of 66 Bn posted in north Kashmir’s Baramulla, was admitted on Monday and died at the hospital today. “His samples were already taken and the result of which came as positive today afternoon,” he said.

Officials said that the CRPF man was a resident of Nowshera Rajouri district of Jammu and was cremated in Shamshan Ghat, Karan Nagar Srinagar amid Covid-19 guidelines. With this, a total of 18 deaths have been reported in Jammu division.

In addition to this, three more patients who were tested positive for COVID-19 have died in the UT since morning. The deceased include a 60-year-old man from Nadihal Baramulla who died at SKIMS, 65-year-old man from Shopian who died at JVC Bemina and 47-year-old man from Talab Tillo, Jammu who died at  GMC Jammu.

Farooq Jan told that a 60-year-old man from Nadihal, Baramulla, who was admitted on July 5 and was tested positive, died on today at around 4am.

Jan said that the patient was suffering from bilateral community acquired pneumonia, hypertension, diabetes, Chronic Kidney disease and end stage renal failure.

Shifa Deva, Medical Superintendent at JVC Bemina, said that a 65-year-old man from  Shopian whose coronary bypass surgery was already done and was admitted on July 10, died today morning.

“The patient was suffering from bilateral pneumonia and other ailments,” she said.

Officials from GMC Jammu said that the patient from Talab Tiloo was undergoing treatment from last two days and was suffering from fever as well as some respiratory problems.

“He was on oxygen support and attempts were made to provide him the best possible treatment but he succumbed,” they said.

They further said that the patient, aged 47, was posted in the Directorate office of Agriculture department in Jammu.

With four more deaths, the death toll due to Covid-19 has reached 192 in J&K including 18 from Jammu and 174 from Kashmir division.

As the deaths continue, panic has gripped the entire Valley, with people preferring to stay indoors yet again. It may be recalled that lockdown was re-imposed in Srinagar on Monday in the wake of spurt in Covid cases and deaths. Furthermore, J&K has nearly reached 11,000 positive case of coronavirus.

-CHK