Second Death: Elderly woman’s sample tests positive day after death, J&K covid-19 toll rises to 20

Srinagar: Kashmir Valley on Thursday reported second death due to covid-19 after samples of an elderly woman from Bemina Srinagar, who died at a hospital here yesterday, returned positive for the novel coronavirus.

Earlier, around noon, a 70-year-old woman from Parisabad Budgam, who had tested positive for the disease few days ago, died at the CD hospital, one of the facilities exclusively meant for the management of the Covid-91 patients. 

Officials said that the 80-year-old woman from Usmania Colony Bemina Srinagar was admitted in SMHS Hospital here with “bilateral pneumonia and hypertension” on May 19 and was kept in Isolation Ward.

“She died on May 20 evening and was kept in GMC Srinagar mortuary. Her COVID test report came today as COVID-19 positive,” Dr. Salim Khan, nodal officer for COVID-19 at the Government Medical College Srinagar told GNS.

Earlier a 70-year-old woman who was initially admitted in SMHS Hospital on May 15 and tested positive for COVID-19 later, died at CD hospital. She was shifted to CD Hospital Srinagar on May 18 with restrictive lung disease and COVID pneumonia, Dr. Salim Khan said. “She died around noon in ICU of CD Hospital after sudden cardiac arrest,” he added.

With two deaths, the toll due to the coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir has risen to 20—18 from Kashmir and 2 from Jammu division.  

The death of the octogenarian has taken Srinagar district’s toll to 6, highest in any district, followed by Baramulla 4, Anantnag 4, Budagm 2 while one death each has been reported in Bandipora, Kulgam, Udhampur, and Jammu. (GNS)