COVID-19 claims 4 more lives, J&K toll mounts to 76

COVID-19 claims 4 more lives, J&K toll mounts to 76

15-day old baby becomes youngest victim

Nadeem Nadu

Srinagar, June 19: Four persons, including a 15-day-old baby, died due to COVID-19 in Kashmir on Friday, taking the death toll across the Union Territory to 76.

Medical Superintendent SKIMS, Dr Nazir Choudhary, told GNS that an 80-year-old man, a resident of Kilara Shopian, was admitted today. “He had bilateral pneumonia and tested positive for COVID -19,” he added.

Earlier the baby, from Bemina area of Srinagar, died along with two others at SKIMS Soura. He was the youngest to die with the disease in Jammu and Kashmir. “The baby was a case of aortic stenosis with CCF. He died in the Infectious Disease Block at 10:55 a.m. today,” Professor Farooq Jan, Medical Superintendent SKIMS Soura, said.

The swab sample of the baby was taken on June 16 and it returned positive for the virus next day, he added.

Earlier, an 80-year-old man from Sopore was died at SKIMS Soura, two days after his admission to the hospital at 1:25 p.m. on June 17 with “hypertension,T2DM with CAP with cardiac failure”.

“His sampling for COVID-19 was done on the same day and came out to be Covid-19 positive on June 18 . The patient expired at 9 a.m. today,” Professor Jan added.

Prior to him, a 79-year-old covid-19 patient from Nowshera area of Srinagar died at the tertiary care hospital last night. The man with history of travel to Saudia Arabia was admitted to SKIMS Soura on June 8 and died in Infectious Disease Block of the hospital at around 11:15 p.m. last night, Professor Jan said.

The septuagenarian, he said, had underlying aliments like “hypertension,T2DM, Hypothyroidism, B/L chest infiltrate”.

So far, as per the official data, 76 people have succumbed to the virus in J&K—nine from Jammu and 67 from the Valley.  Srinagar district with 18 deaths has the highest fatalities followed by Baramulla 13, Shopian (10), Kulgam (8), Jammu (6), five each in Anantnag, Kupwara  and Budgam, Pulwama (two) while one death each has been reported from Bandipora, Doda, Udhampur and Rajouri.  (GNS)