Doctor among four more die of covid-19 in Kashmir, J&K toll 469

A senior doctor was among four persons who lost the battle to covid-19 since last night in Kashmir Valley, taking the number of people succumbing to the virus to 469 in J&K, officials said.

They said that a 45-year-old doctor who was admitted at SKIMS Soura for some time died at around 6:50 a.m. A resident of Konibal Pampore, the doctor’s demise has been widely mourned and some of his colleagues described his death as a great loss to the society.

“He was a very humble and a great human being who would go an extra mile in helping people. In his death, we have lost a great colleague and the society an asset,” said a colleague of the doctor.

Meanwhile, a 65-year-old woman from Tangmarg area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district died at the tertiary care hospital. The official source said that she was having underlying ailments and had recently tested positive for the virus.

Also, a 70-year-old woman from Pattan area of the Baramulla district who was suffering from “multiple problems” and had tested positive for covid-19 recently died at SMHS hospital here.

Admitted on August 8, the woman was suffering from “T2DM, hypertension and bilateral pneumonia,” said an official.

Meanwhile, a 70-year-old man from central Kashmir’s Budgam district become another victim of covid-19, fourth since last night.

They said that the septuagenarian was battling cancer and had been operated recently. “He had metastasis and was admitted to the hospital recently,” a doctor at SKIMS Bemina, one of the exclusive facilities for the management of covid-19 patients in Kashmir valley.

With these deaths, officials said, 469 people have died due to the virus in Jammu and Kashmir so far. Among them, they said, 435 were from the Valley while 34 others from Jammu division.

Srinagar district with 150 deaths tops the list followed by Baramulla (82), Budgam (35), Anantnag (32), Kulgam (30), Pulwama (30), Kupwara (27), Shopian (24), Jammu (23), Bandipora (18), Ganderbal (7), two each in Rajouri, Doda and Udhampur besides one each in Ramban, Samba, Poonch, and Kathua.