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COVID-19: Sexagenarian dies in Kashmir, toll rises to 2

Srinagar, Mar 29 (InsideKashmir) A 62-year-old man died on Sunday at a government hospital, less than 12 hours after being tested positive for Novel Coronavirus in Kashmir valley, taking the death toll to two.

The deceased was on Sunday evening laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard in Tangmarg at north Kashmir district of Baramulla, in accordance with the guidelines set up the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on funeral and burial of the Coronavirus-infected.

‘A Coronavirus-affected, a resident of Tangmarg, patient passed away at Chest Disease hospital in Srinagar on Sunday morning,’ an official said.

Sources said the patient was suffering from a liver ailment and was admitted to the SMHS hospital last week. He had no travel history or contact with any COVID-19 positive case.

On Saturday, the patient tested positive for the infection at SHMS hospital, following which he was shifted to C D hospital.

Confirming the death on micro-blogging site Twitter, J&K Union Territory spokesperson Rohit Kansal posted, ‘Sad start to the day. Unfortunate demise of a Coronavirus patient in Srinagar this morning.’

With this, the total number of deaths due to Coronavirus has risen to two in Kashmir.

As many as 17 people had tested positive for COVID-19 during the last 24 hours in J&K. In total, 37 people have tested positive for Coronavirus so far in J&K, where all religious places have been closed to curtail spread of the virus.

A 65-year-old Hyderpora resident became the first person to die due to the deadly infection in this recently-created Union Territory on Thursday.

The highest number of 12 positive Coronavirus infections were recorded in J&K in a single day on Saturday, triggering panic among the locals, despite assurance by the administration that they were fully prepared to curtail the infection.

Asking people not be scared of the number, Deputy Commissioner of Srinagar Shahid Iqbal Choudhary urged them to redouble efforts to win the battle against Coronavirus.

‘Now, the situation as it unfolds, is before us. My humble request to everyone: let’s not get scared by the numbers, let’s redouble our efforts to win this battle together,’ Dr Choudhary tweeted.

  • Restrictions on the movement and assembly of people continued for the 11th successive day on Sunday, even as locals voluntarily stayed indoors, in view of an upward spiral in positive Coronavirus cases and death of another infected patient during the last 24 hours.

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