11 COVID19 deaths in a day; toll 171

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J&K recorded 11 COVID19 deaths on Saturday, the toll of the viral illness here reaching 171. A 24-year old new mother and wife of a COVID19 victim were among the fresh casualties.

At SMHS Hospital, four people died of COVID19 on Friday while four deaths were recorded in SKIMS. Two casualties took place in CD Hospital, one at SKIMS Medical College Hospital and one in Jammu division.

A 24 year old woman from Hakura Anantnag died 14 days after being admitted to SMHS Hospital. The patient had been admitted to Lal Ded Hospital on 28 June. Dr Shabir Siddiqui, medical superintendent of the hospital said the patient was referred from Anantnag as an emergency case as she was suffering from convulsions and hypertension.

“We did emergency C-Section as she was only eight months pregnant. However the baby was alright,” Dr Siddiqui said. When the health of the new mother did not improve, even after delivering the baby, she was referred to SMHS Hospital on 02 July.

Dr Nazir Chaudhary, medical superintendent of the hospital said the young patient tested COVID19 positive and had brain hemorrhage due to hypertension. “We put her on a ventilator but she did not improve,” he said. The patient died around midnight between Friday and Saturday night, he said.

At Chest Diseases Hospital, a 65 year old woman from Habba Kadal Srinagar died of COVID19 Saturday morning. The patient, Dr Saleem Tak, Medical superintendent of the hospital said, was suffering from COVID19 pneumonia and was known to have diabetes and hypertension. The woman, Dr Tak said, is the second to die of the viral infection in her family. “Her husband died of COVID19 at this hospital a few days ago,” he said.

At SMHS Hospital, 45-year old man from BK Pora Budgam admitted to the hospital on Saturday died soon after. The deceased tested COVID19 positive and was diagnosed with bilateral pneumonia. “He had respiratory distress,” Dr Chaudhary said.

Later, a 70-year old woman from Bemina also passed away at the hospital. The patient had sepsis and pneumonia in both lungs. Dr Chaudhary said she had been admitted on Friday and had tested positive. “He was admitted to ICU,” the MS said. By evening, the fourth death took place at the hospital, a Handwara man aged 80 years. The patient had been admitted on 09 July, Dr Chaudhary said, and died late Saturday evening. “He had COVID19 pneumonia.”

At SKIMS too, four COVID19 deaths took place on Saturday. Dr Farooq Jan, medical superintendent of the hospital said a 77-year old man from Hyderpora Srinagar died at the hospital at 7: 45 am. He had cancer of the urinary bladder and was admitted with respiratory distress and tested COVID19 positive. “He was on a ventilator but did not make it,” he said.

A 70-year old woman from Nunar Ganderbal died post noon on Saturday. The patient, he said, had been admitted on 10 July. Her sample tested positive post her death, he said. “The patient had bilateral pneumonia and respiratory failure,” he said.

A 73-year old man from Pattan Baramulla died on Saturday afternoon. Dr Jan said the patient had a blood cell disorder and pneumonia. He was COVID19 positive and had been admitted to the hospital on 09 July. “He was a known case of Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease,” he said.

Hours later, a Srinagar woman, aged 56 died at SKIMS. She was from Shalimar area, Dr Jan said, adding that she had been admitted on 06 July with pneumonia and was COVID19 positive. “She was a known case of diabetes and hypertension and died of cardiopulmonary arrest,” he said.

A Shopian man aged 65 died at SKIMS Medical College Hospital today. The patient had been admitted on 08 July. Dr Shifa Deva, medical superintendent of the hospital said the deceased had asthma and was COVID19 positive.

In Jammu, a 55-year old man with malignancy died at GMC Jammu.

With these deaths, the fatality of COVID19 in J&K reached 171. The death toll of Srinagar district has reached 43 with Habba Kadal woman’s death.