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Man dies of coronavirus in Kashmir after attending Islamic congregation with Indonesians

A 65-year-old man infected with the coronavirus has died at Chest Disease (CD) Hospital in Dalgate, Srinagar in the early hours of Thursday. With this, Kashmir recorded its first coronavirus death.

According to Kashmir Glory, the man had a medical history of illness with diabetes, hypertension and obesity.

"Despite our best efforts, the Covid-19 positive patient at Chest Disease Hospital passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest. The patient had medical history of prolonged illness with diabetes, hypertension and obesity," they said.

The patient is said to be a resident of Hyderpora Srinagar (originally a resident of Sopore) who had returned from New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu recently taking part in a Tablighi Jamaat’ congregation attended by people from Indonesia and Malaysia.

As of now, eight people have tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) in the Kashmir Valley while the tally of such patients in the entire J&K region has gone up to 11. Three cases were reported from Jammu earlier this month.

"As we share the sad news of our first #Covid19 fatality, my heart goes out to the family of the deceased. We stand with you and share your grief," Mayor of Srinagar Junaid Azim Mattu tweeted.

Government spokesperson Rohit Kansal also confirmed the death via Twitter.

Authorities in Kashmir have expressed apprehensions that the cases could be more than reported in the Valley as a significant number of people appeared to have concealed their travel history.

As per a government bulletin on Wednesday in Jammu and Kashmir, as many as 5,124 travellers and people who came in contact with suspected and positive cases have been put under surveillance.

Among them 3,061 are in home quarantine (including facilities operated by the government), 80 in hospital quarantine and 1,477 in home surveillance.

Restrictions on movement imposed in Kashmir to prevent the spread of coronavirus were tightened on Wednesday.


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