Six fa­tal­i­ties, 260 fresh corona in­fec­tions in J&K

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - SPOTLIGHT - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

SRINAGAR: : Jammu and Kash­mir on Tues­day recorded six deaths and 260 fresh Covid-19 in­fec­tions, tak­ing the to­tal num­ber of pos­i­tive cases in the Union ter­ri­tory to 7,497, of­fi­cials said.

The death toll in the UT has reached 101 in 114 days.

Five peo­ple died due to the virus in Kash­mir and one per­son suc­cumbed in Jammu di­vi­sion.

A 23-year-old youth from Shopian and a 65-year-old woman from Srinagar died at the Chest Dis­eases Hos­pi­tal while a 53-yearold man from Bara­mulla suc­cumbed at Sher-i-Kash­mir In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sciences, Bem­ina. A 65-year-old Qa­mar­wari man’s sam­ple tested pos­i­tive af­ter his death at SMHS Hos­pi­tal.

“The young man from Shopian was an ac­ci­dent case with a se­ri­ous head in­jury and was shifted from SMHS Hos­pi­tal on Mon­day. The woman was hav­ing mul­ti­ple ailments in­clud­ing hy­per­ten­sion and di­a­betes,” said med­i­cal su­per­in­ten­dent Dr Saleem Tak.

A rel­a­tive of the Bara­mulla man said he had tested pos­i­tive a few days ago and was very crit­i­cal. “He had pneu­mo­nia and could not sur­vive,” he said.

In Jammu di­vi­sion, a 85-yearold woman died at Gov­ern­ment Med­i­cal Col­lege (GMC) and hos­pi­tal. “The woman, who hailed from Kathua dis­trict’s Ba­sohli area, was hos­pi­talised on June 25,” a se­nior doc­tor said.

He said the pa­tient was suf­fer­ing from Chronic Ob­struc­tive Pul­monary Dis­ease (COPD) and was on a ventilator in the iso­la­tion ward.

Of the to­tal 101 deaths in J&K, 89 have been re­ported in Kash­mir di­vi­sion while 12 peo­ple have died in Jammu di­vi­sion.

Dr Nisar ul Has­san, a se­nior doc­tor rep­re­sent­ing a fac­tion of Doc­tors As­so­ci­a­tion Kash­mir (DAK), on Tues­day said the coro­n­avirus is killing more men than women in the Kash­mir val­ley.

“Nearly 72% of those who died from Covid-19 in­fec­tion in the Val­ley were men while women ac­counted for 28% deaths,” he said.

Dr Nisar said based on anal­y­sis from the data of all 88 deaths in Kash­mir as of June 30, 63 (71.60%) were men and 25 (28.40%) were women. “70 per­cent of men who died were above 60 years of age and the av­er­age age was 62,” he added.

Dr Nisar said 86% male deaths had pre-ex­ist­ing med­i­cal con­di­tions with high blood pres­sure in 18 (28.57%) fol­lowed by di­a­betes in 10 (15. 87%), chronic lung dis­ease in 8 (12.69%), car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease in 6 (9.52%), cancer in 4 (6.34%) and chronic kid­ney dis­ease in 4 (6.34%). Two had brain hem­or­rhage, one had chronic liver dis­ease and one had hema­to­log­i­cal con­di­tion.

“Nine pa­tients (14.28%) had no un­der­ly­ing health is­sues and were ap­par­ently healthy,” he added.

Dr Nisar said the gender dis­par­ity in death could be bi­o­log­i­cal or be­hav­ioral.

60 CRPF PER­SON­NEL TEST POS­I­TIVE

As many as 60 CRPF per­son­nel are among the fresh cases re­ported in the Union ter­ri­tory on Tues­day.

Of the to­tal cases, 228 peo­ple tested pos­i­tive in Kash­mir and 32 in Jammu di­vi­sion. Among th­ese, 22 pa­tients have a travel his­tory.

Ac­tive cases in Jammu and Kash­mir stand at 2,674 af­ter 137 more pa­tients re­cov­ered on Tues­day. “22 peo­ple were dis­charged in Jammu di­vi­sion and 115 in Kash­mir,” a gov­ern­ment state­ment said.

So far, 4,722 peo­ple have been cured in the UT, tak­ing the re­cov­ery rate to 62.9 %. Of the to­tal re­cov­ered, 3,564 are in Kash­mir and 1,158 in Jammu di­vi­sion.

The high­est jump in pos­i­tive cases was re­ported from Kul­gam dis­trict where 64 more peo­ple tested pos­i­tive fol­lowed by Srinagar at 46 and Bara­mulla at 44. In Jammu di­vi­sion, the high­est jump was in Jammu dis­trict where 12 more peo­ple tested pos­i­tive.

Till date, 2.81 lakh peo­ple in con­tact with sus­pected cases have been put un­der surveil­lance — 39,866 in home quar­an­tine, 36 in hos­pi­tal quar­an­tine and 46,912 un­der home surveil­lance. Be­sides th­ese, 1.91 lakh peo­ple have com­pleted their 28-day surveil­lance pe­riod.

Ac­tive cases in Jammu and Kash­mir stand at 2,674 af­ter 137 more pa­tients re­cov­ered on Tues­day. HT FILE

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