8 more people die due to COVID-19, toll mounts to 373 in J&K


Srinagar: Eight people — including seven from Kashmir and one from Jammu — died due to COVID-19 since late Thursday evening, taking the death toll due to the infection in the Union Territory of J&K to 373.

With these deaths, 338 people have lost their lives due to COVID-19 in 57 days, and 358 people in 71 day in J&K, where 450 new positive cases were detected on Thursday, taking the total number of infected persons to 19,869.

Official sources said that a 52-year-old man, a resident of Awantipora in Pulwama, was admitted to Chest Disease hospital after he tested positive for COVID-19. “The patient, who was suffering from respiratory problem, besides other ailments, died at the hospital on Friday morning,” they said.

Another Pulwama patient, a woman from Pampore, was referred from Sub District Hospital Pampore to S K Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Bemina on Wednesday after she tested positive for COVID-19. “The woman, who was suffering from Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) with Sepsis,” died late on Thursday night,” they said.

They said four Srinagar residents — including a 57-year-old from Rainawari, a 62-year-old from Qamarwari, a 75-year-old from Panzinara and an 82-year-old from Lal Bazar — died at SKIMS, Soura on Friday. “All the patients had tested positive for COVID-19 and were suffering from respiratory problems, besides other ailments,” they said.

They said a 56-year-old man, a resident of Shakti Nagar in Jammu, was brought death of Government Medical College (GMC), Jammu, late on Thursday night. “The patient was tested for COVID-19, which came out positive,” they said, adding the Jammu resident had fever from last over one week and complaint of respiratory distress minutes before he died.

They said an elderly man, a resident of Maldeera in Shopian, died at District Hospital Shopian late on Thursday evening. “The patient, who was suffering from respiratory problem, had tested positive for COVID-19,” they added.

With these fatalities, the death toll due to COVID-19 has risen to 117 in Srinagar which is the worst affected district in J&K in terms of causalities, followed by Baramulla with 69 deaths. The number has swelled to 24 in Anantnag and 26 in Budgam. As many as 23 people each have lost their lives to the disease in Shopian and 20 in Kupwara while 21 deaths were reported in Pulwama.

The number of deaths stands at 28 in Kulgam. Twelve people have lost their lives in Bandipora. Ganderbal district recorded sixth death due to COVID-19 on July 24. The number has swelled to 18 in Jammu while Ramban reported its first COVID-19 related death on Tuesday.

Ten districts of Jammu have reported 26 fatalities while 347 people have lost their lived due to COVID-19 in ten districts of Kashmir.

As many as 61 people, including 57 from Kashmir and four from Jammu, lost their lives due to COVID-19 during last week.

Sixty five people lost their lives between July 13 and July 19 due to COVID-19 in J&K. As many as 48 patients — including 10 persons from Baramulla, 12 from Srinagar, six from Kulgam, three from Anantnag, Kupwara and Budgam, Jammu region, two each from Shopian and Ganderbal, one patient each from Pulwama, Bandipora and a BSF jawan — died due to COVID-19 between July 6 and July 12.

As many as 41 people — including nine from Srinagar, 10 from Baramulla, five each from Anantnag, three from Kulgam, Budgam and Shopian, two each from Kupwara and Bandipora, one each from Jammu and Ganderbal — died due to COVID-19 between June 29 and July 5.


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