65-year-old Covid-19 patient dies, first death in Kashmir

Ruben Fields
March 26, 2020

Director Health Services, Kashmir Dr. Samir Matoo had told The Indian Express that the person attended religious gathering in New Delhi, Deoband in Uttar Pradesh, in Jammu region and also in Sopore in North Kashmir where he attended religious gatherings. This is the first death due to coronavirus in Kashmir.

The man from Natipora had returned from Saudi Arabia on 16 March after performing Umrah and had shared the same flight as that of the Kashmir's first COVID-19 patient, a 67-year-old woman from Srinagar's Khaniyar area who, according to the doctors at SKIMS Soura, is recovering.

With these, the total number of positive cases in the valley has gone up to eight and in the union territory to 11. "The patient had medical history of prolonged illness with sugar, hypertension andobesity", one of them said.

It is learnt that four others who came in contact with the deceased have been quarantined.

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Authorities were collecting individual details of travel history and local contacts of each of the fresh cases, a senior official said here.

These four persons hail from Bandipora district and were in close contact with Srinagar patient who was tested positive yesterday.

The police and district administrations have also sealed a couple of dozen hotels and restaurants across the Valley after these were found functioning despite the closure order issued by the government under Section 144 CrPC and the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

The lockdown is being enforced strictly also in Jammu region of the UT whereas tougher measures are in place in Ladakh. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown to check the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

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