COVID-19: Former legislator among 9 fresh casualties in J&K; toll 677

Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI): The novel coronavirus today claimed lives of 9 more people, including a former legislator of Legislative Council, taking the total number of Covid-related deaths to 677 in Jammu and Kashmir.

Health officials said that the nine patients who have died of Covid-19 include a former Member Legislative Council (MLC) from Kathua district of Jammu, an elderly woman from Gadi-Garh area of Jammu, 95-year-old man from Jawahar Nagar, Srinagar, a 60-year-old male from Fateh Kadal, Srinagar, a 45-year-old woman from Pandach, Srinagar, a 58 year-old woman from Hajan, Pulwama, a 56-year-old woman from Waterwani, Budgam, a 45-year-old woman from Khan Sahib, Budgam and a 56-year-old male from Narbal, Budgam.

An official from Jammu said that two persons including the former MLC from Kathua district and an elderly woman from Gadi Garh area of Jammu died of COVID-19 today in Jammu.

He said that the former MLC was admitted at a hospital in Kathua after he developed health related issues and breathed his last early this morning.

An official from SMHS Srinagar said that a patient from Khan Sahib, Budgam, who was admitted on August 25 with issues of hypertension and bilateral Pneumonia, a patient from Narbal Budgam who was admitted with hypertension, chronic kidney disease and Pneumonia on August 25 and a patient from Fateh Kadal, Srinagar, who was admitted on August 17, with CKD, and bilateral Pneumonia died at SMHS today.

An official from SKIMS, Soura, said that a patient from Pandach, Srinagar, who was admitted on August 25, a patient from Kangan, Pulwama who was admitted on August 18 and a patient from Waterwani, Budgam, who was admitted on August 19 died today.

An official from CD hospital said that a patient from Jawahar Nagar, Srinagar, who was admitted on August 13 and tested positive for coronavirus died on Wednesday evening.

With nine more deaths, the number of people who have died of deadly virus in the Union Territory so far have reached 677 out of which 621 deaths have been reported from Kashmir division and 56 from Jammu division.

Experts have been continuously appealing to the people of Kashmir to follow Covid-19 protocols which includes wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing to prevent spread of the virus.

The experts in Srinagar have warned that if people continue to take Covid-19 lightly, the situation will turn into a big health disaster where even doctors won’t be able to control it.