2nd COVID19 death in J&K

A 52-year old man from Tangmarg lost battle with COVID19 in the wee hours of Sunday. His death marks the second one in J&K due to the virus.

Dr S Saleem Khan, nodal officer for COVID19 response at Government Medical College Srinagar said the patient was shifted from SMHS Hospital to Chest Diseases Hospital on Saturday after he tested positive for novel coronavirus. He said the man, a shopkeeper by profession, was admitted on 25 March in a very sick state with hypertension and respiratory distress. He was without any travel history or apparent contact with a suspected or positive case of COVID19. “The treating doctor sought COVID19 testing after he found bilateral pneumonia,” Dr Khan said.

However, the patient became critical soon and lost life around 4 am at CD Hospital, he said. Dr Khan refuted reports of the deceased having a liver disorder.

The body of the deceased, Dr Khan said, was handed over to family as per the protocol.

Dr Sumir Mattoo, director health services Kashmir said the family of the deceased has been isolated at GMC Baramulla.

Although the patient had not reported any contact with a suspected or confirmed COVID19 case, health authorities have started contact tracing exercise. A doctor working with DHSK said some people living in the vicinity of the deceased had travelled back from Saudi Arabia and had met him a few days prior to his getting sick. “We are taking samples of those contacts as well,” the doctor said.

This death marks the second casualty due to COVID19 in J&K. The first death took place on 26 March at the same hospital of an elderly man who had travelled to Delhi and UP recently.