4 deaths of COVID-19 positives in Kashmir

COVID patients being discharged from a hospital in Srinagar on Thursday. -Excelsior/Shakeel
COVID patients being discharged from a hospital in Srinagar on Thursday. -Excelsior/Shakeel

27 test +ve at JK Bank HQs Srinagar, bank closed

Fayaz Bukhari
SRINAGAR, July 9: Kashmir today reported four more deaths of COVID-19 positive patients taking the death toll in Jammu and Kashmir beyond 150 mark and Valley reported 185 new COVID-19 positive cases, including 20 Army, SSB and police personnel taking the number of positive cases in J&K to 9501.
Panic gripped Jammu and Kashmir Bank’s Corporate Headquarters in Srinagar after 27 staff members tested positive for coronavirus.
The J&K Bank management has decided that all offices at Corporate Headquarters will remain closed tomorrow except the offices of the vice presidents.
Today, the J&K Bank management closed ground floor-General Department CHQ, ground floor-Enquiry Department CHQ, 1st floor-Vigilance Department, Ist floor-S&C Department, Ist floor-IS Audit, 2nd floor-Estate and Engineering, 3rd floor-all departments, annexe building-payment and settlement, annexe building-risk management and Air India buiding-ATM help desk section.
The J&K Bank management, however, said I/C service operations, I/C Payment and settlement, I/C Govt business and I/C Treasury Operations should ensure that staff in their departments should work from home for continuity of business operations.
A 65-year-old woman from Kulgam died at SKIMS Bemina today. She was referred from Kulgam last evening and died this afternoon. She was suffering from breathlessness and was having pneumonia besides other underlying ailments such as hypertension.
An 80-year-old, 60-year-old and 70-year-old women from Srinagar Baramulla and Pulwama districts respectively died at SMHS and CD hospitals here today.
An 80-year old woman from Natipora area of Srinagar died early today. She had underlying ailments like hypertension, diabetes and community-acquired bilateral pneumonia and was undergoing treatment at SMHS hospital in Srinagar.
A 70-year-old woman from Pulwama with multiple problems including bilateral pneumonia was admitted on July 6 to SMHS hospital and died today.
A 60 -year old woman from Pattan area of North Kashmir district died at Chest Diseases hospital in Srinagar today. She was admitted in ICU of the hospital on June 6 with hypertension, hypothyroidism and bilateral pneumonia.
With these deaths, 140 COVID-19 positive people in Kashmir have died so far.
Srinagar district with 40 deaths has the highest fatalities followed by Baramulla 31, Kulgam 18, Shopian 14, Anantnag 12, Budgam 11, Kupwara 7, Pulwama 5, Bandipora 3, while one death has been reported from Ganderbal.
Kashmir today reported 185 new COVID-19 positive cases, including 20 Army, SSB and police personnel taking the number of positive cases in J&K to 9501.
Giving district-wise break of the cases, officials said that Srinagar reported 58, Baramulla 37, Kulgam 2, Shopian 7, Anantnag 8, Kupwara 32, Pulwama 4, Budgam 18, Bandipora 5 and Ganderbal 14.
Medical Superintendent SKIMS Soura Dr Farooq Jan, told Excelsior that 1647 samples were processed at the viral Diagnostic Laboratory of the hospital today and 60 tested positive for the virus. They include 17 travellers whose sample were sent for testing from Srinagar Airport.
Among these positive cases, 17 are from Budgam, 16 from Srinagar, six from Baramulla, five each from Bandipora and Anantnag, three from Ganderbal, two from Shopian and one each from Kulgam and Kargil
A CRPF personnel from 117 battalions of CRPF posted at Ganderbal also tested positive.
Principal SKIMS Bemina, Dr Riyaz Untoo, told Excelsior that out of 443 samples processed at the hospital’s lab, 14 tested positive for COVID-19, all from Shopian.
The cases also include five Essential Service Providers, two Bank Employees, three pregnant women, two employees from Sopore Court besides three SSB personnel from 63 Bn posted at Degree College Sopore Camp, three Policemen, 11 Army personnel from BB Cantonment Srinagar, a jawan of 117 Bn of CRPF Ganderbal, two policemen from DPL Handwara and nine days old female baby.
An official said that 111 people tested positive for COVID-19 at Chest Diseases Virology Lab today.
Moreover, 74 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and were discharged from various hospitals of Kashmir.