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Covid-19 claims 58-year-old Kokernag man, J&K toll 85

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Srinagar: A 58-year-old resident of Kokernag in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district died of covid-19 at CD hospital here, taking the fatality count due to the virus in J&K to 85.
“He was shifted from GMC Anantnag on June 19. Having thyroid problem coupled with bilateral pneumonia, the patient was on ventilator and died at around 4 p.m.,” Dr salim Tak, Medical Superintendent CD hospital, one of the exclusive facilities for the management of the covid-19 patients in Valley, said.
This is the second death due to the pathogen in the Valley today. Earlier a 65-year-old man from Kakpora Pulwama with underlying health conditions died at SMHS hospital here.
Dr Nazir Choudhary, Medical Superintendent of the hospital, said that the patient had “bilateral pneumonia”. “He was admitted on June 21 and died on the same day. His sample returned positive,” he added.
So far, 85 people have succumbed to the virus in J&K—ten from Jammu and 75 from the Valley.
Srinagar district with 19 deaths has the highest fatalities followed by Baramulla 13, ten each in Shopian  and Kulgam (10), Jammu (7), six each in Budgam and Anantnag, Kupwara (5), Pulwama (four) while one death each has been reported from Bandipora, Doda, Udhampur and Rajouri.

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