Srinagar: A 55-year-old COVID-19 male patient from central Kashmir’s Budgam district died at a hospital here, taking the fatality count due to the virus in Jammu and Kashmir to 176.

A resident of Chadoora area of the district, the elderly with underlying ailments including hypertension was admitted to the Shri Maharaj Hari Singh hospital on 7 July, Medical Superintendent Dr Nazir Choudhary told a local news agency, Global News Service. “The patient died today,” he added.

Earlier, four patients died at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura, including a 55-year-old woman from Kangan Ganderbal, a 60-year-old man from Gulab Bagh Srinagar and two women— one 80-year-old woman and other 47-year-old — from Kulgam district of south Kashmir.

“The 55-year-old woman was admitted on July 9 and died at 9:15 a.m. due to cardiopulmonary arrest,” Professor Farooq Jan, Medical Superintendent SKIMS Soura told GNS.

“She was a case of ICSOL (Intra-cranial space-occupying lesion),” he added. Professor Jan said that the sexagenarian from Gulab Bagh was admitted on 9 July.

Suffering from community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) and other underlying ailments, the man was sampled for COVID-19 on July 10 and came out positive the next day, he said. “The patient was shifted to Ward 2Aand Expired on at 03:25 a.m. today with his cause of death being cardiopulmonary arrest .”

With these deaths, 159 people in Kashmir and 17 in Jammu division have died so far due to the virus.

Srinagar district with 43 deaths has the highest fatalities followed by Baramulla (32), Kulgam (20), Shopian (16), Anantnag (14), Budgam (13), Jammu (10), Kupwara (9), Pulwama (5), Bandipora (3), Ganderbal (3) and Doda (2) while one death each has been reported from Poonch, Udhampur, Rajouri and Kathua. (GNS)