Covid-19 patient dies in Kashmir, 15 fresh cases

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 4/7/2020 11:56:34 PM

SRINAGAR, Apr 7: A 54-year-old man died of coronavirus in Kashmir today, taking the death toll to three, officials said.
The number of cases in Jammu and Kashmir now stands at 125 and 15 of them were reported on Tuesday.
The deceased, a resident of Bandipora district, was undergoing treatment at a hospital here when he tested positive for the infection, they said.
All the three deaths have taken place in Kashmir Valley.
A 65-year-old man from Srinagar was the first fatality in Kashmir on March 26 followed by another man of same age from Tangmarg in Baramulla district who died on March 29.
Reports said, a Covid-19 infected man from Gund Jahangir area of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district died at SMHS Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.
Though, Medical Superintendent SMHS, Dr Nazir Chowdary told media that the man was suffering from Pneumonia and he has been waiting for the report to ascertain whether the person was a Covid-19 patient or not, but, Nodal Officer for Coronavirus Sumbal, Syed Shahnawaz Bukhari confirmed that the deceased was infected with Covid-19 and was shifted to hospital for treatment. “Yes, the man was tested positive for Covid-19 infection and unfortunately he died in Srinagar hospital today,” Bukhari said.
Bukhari added that district administration has been asked to do the burial of the deceased as per the Covid-19 protocol.
Pertinently, a man from Hyderpora, originally an inhabitant from Sopore town and a man from Tangmarg have died of Covid-19 infection in Kashmir Valley.
Meanwhile, three kids of family were tested positive for Covid-19 here in Srinagar on Tuesday. The family from Alamdar Colony Lal Bazar had already a member tested positive and today two little daughters and nephew of that man were tested positive.
The elderly man from the Lal Bazar had arrived in Srinagar on March 17 from Kolkatta and after testing positive, his family members were quarantined at Hazratbal. “We had collected the samples of the family members some three days ago and today the tests of two little sisters, 11 and 9 years of age and a kid, the cousin of these sisters, 13 years of age were found positive,” a health official told media. He said all these kid are however, asymptomatic.
Meanwhile, medicos at JLNM Hospital Rainawari took samples of Goripora Noorbagh family who had come into contact with a religious preacher. “The samples of the Noorbagh family were collected and reports are awaited,” he said adding that 32 samples of Covid-19 suspects were collected today at the hospital.
Of the 15 cases reported on Tuesday, nine are from Kashmir division and six from Jammu division, they said.
Aggressive contact tracing of the new cases has been started while some new areas have been declared red zones in Srinagar.
Four people have been cured and discharged so far.
More than 32,000 people have been put under surveillance.



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