COVID claims another life in Kashmir, toll mounts to 286 in JK

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Srinagar: Kashmir valley on Friday reported one more death attributed to COVID, taking the fatality count due to the virus in Jammu and Kashmir to 286.

Official sources said that the recent victim was a 65-year-old woman from Malaknag area of Anantnag having underlying ailments such as “rheumatoid arthritis, pneumonia and hypertension.”

The deceased woman was admitted to the Government Medical College Anantnag on July 22. “She was COVID positive and died early today,” a senior doctor at GMC Anantnag said.

So far 266 deaths have been reported in Kashmir and 20 in Jammu division.

On Thursday, Jammu and Kashmir reported a second-biggest single-day spike in COVID infections with 718 additions including 98 travellers, taking the overall tally to 16,429.

Sources said that among them include 117 from Jammu division and 601 from Kashmir including at least 50 CRPF personnel.

Besides infections, Kashmir reported six more deaths attributed to COVID, taking the fatality count to 285 on Thursday.

All the deaths were reported from Srinagar’s SKIMS hospital and deceased patients belonged to different areas of the valley.

With cases of COVID rising at a fast clip in India, the Government of India and state governments have implemented a series of steps aimed at curbing the threat.

In Kashmir, the administration has announced a complete lockdown in areas of Kashmir zone which have been categorised as red zones due to spike in the number of COVID cases.

In wake of the COVID outbreak, recent research published by United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), said that at least 40 million children worldwide have missed out on early childhood education in their critical pre-school year due to the COVID closing the childcare and early education facilities.

Earlier on July 21, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) chief Shekhar C Mande asserted that airborne transmission of COVID is indeed a “distinct possibility” and advised people to wear masks even in enclosed spaces.


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