Two more COVID-19 deaths in IOK, toll reaches 62

Srinagar, June 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, two more persons, a 76-year-old man from Srinagar and an 18-year-old from Kupwara, died of Covid-19, taking the number of fatalities due to the deadly virus in the territory to 62.

The teenager from Handwara area of Kupwara, who was admitted to SMHS Hospital in Srinagar, died early today morning. He is the youngest among the 62 persons who have succumbed to the coronavirus in the occupied territory so far. The teenager’s death also takes the fatality count of Kupwara due to the virus to five.

In this regard, Medical Superintendent SMHS hospital, Dr Nazir Choudhary said, “He was admitted on June 12 as a medico-legal case. His swab sample (for the novel coronavirus) was taken next day. He had serious head injuries besides bilateral pneumonia”. He added, “Later his sample returned positive for the virus.”

Earlier, the septuagenarian man from Zaina Kadal area of Srinagar, with a travel history of Saudi Arabia, died at Bemina Hospital on Sunday evening. He was a known case of hypertension, diabetes and chronic kidney disease and had a travel history to Saudi Arabia. His samples were taken at Srinagar airport on May 29 which later tested positive.

Dr Farooq A Jan at the Bemina Hospital said that he had severe Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and his condition deteriorated in the evening which caused his death due cardiorespiratory arrest.

With these fatalities, the death toll due to the novel coronavirus has risen in occupied Kashmir to 62 —  54 in the Kashmir Valley, seven in Jammu division and one in Ladakh region.

So far Srinagar district with fifteen deaths due to the virus has the highest fatalities, followed by eleven in Baramulla, eight in Kulgam, five each in Shopian, Islamabad and Kupwara, four in Jammu, two each in Budgam and Pulwama while one death each has been reported in Bandipora, Doda, Rajouri, Udhampur and Leh.

Till Sunday night, occupied Kashmir reported a total 5,590 coronavirus infections. Out of these, 3,878 are in the Valley, 1,163 in Jammu division and 549 are in Ladakh region.

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