Kokernag Woman Tests Positive Posthumously, Days After Hundreds Participated In Her Funeral

Srinagar, July 16: Kashmir Valley reported three more covid-19 related deaths, taking the fatality count due to the virus to 211, officials said on Thursday.

Two of the fatalities were reported from SKIMS Soura and include a 65-year-old man from Khajabagh Baramulla and his age-mate from Serhama Anantnag. The other one pertains to a 60-year-old woman from Sanbari Kokernag whose covid-19 positive test was confirmed, three days after her death at GMC Anantnag.

Regarding the sexagenarian from the north Kashmir district, a senior doctor at SKIMS told GNS that he was admitted on July 7 as a “case of bilateral CAP (community acquired pneumonia), Type 1 Respiratory failure and severe ARDS.”

Having hypertension as comorbidity, the covid-19 patient died at 6:40 a.m. due to “cardiopulmonary arrest,” the doctor said.

Regarding the 65-year-old man from Serhama Bijbehara, the doctor said that he had multiple problems.

Meanwhile, as regards the sexagenarian from Sanbari Kokernag, official sources told GNS that her sample was taken on Jul 10 and returned positive late last night. A family member said that number of people participated in her ‘Ghusl’ while hundreds participated in funeral prayers.

“She died at around 11 p.m. on July 13 and we took body other day. A number of people participated in ‘Ghusl’ and several hundred people took part in her funeral,” the family member said, adding, “Neither anyone at GMC Anantnag nor any official from the district told us to follow covid-19 related guidelines. We are illiterate. Now we have been told there would be testing of family members.”

With these deaths, 193 people in Kashmir and 18 in Jammu have died so far due to the covid-19.

Srinagar district with 50 deaths has the highest fatalities followed by Baramulla (45), Kulgam (23), Shopian (17), Anantnag (17), Budgam (15), Kupwara (11), Jammu (11), Pulwama (7), Ganderbal (4), Bandipora (3) and Doda (2) while one death each has been reported from Poonch, Udhampur, Rajouri, and Kathua.(GNS)