STATE TIMES NEWSSrinagar: An increase of 507 coronavirus cases took the COVID-19 tally in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday to 24,897, while 13 deaths due to the viral disease were recorded in the last 24 hours, officials said.Of the new deaths, 12 occurred in the Kashmir Valley and one in the Jammu region, they said. These included a senior doctor in Kashmir who was on the forefront of the battle against COVID-19 died at a hospital here after contracting the disease, officials said.Dr Mohammad Ashraf Mir, a resident of Pampore area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, passed away in the morning at the SKIMS hospital in Soura here, they said.The officials said Mir had been treating COVID-19 patients for the past four months and in the process, contracted the virus.The doctor tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to the hospital with bilateral pneumonia. He was later shifted to an intensive care unit as he could not maintain oxygen saturation and passed away this morning, they added.Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha expressed his condolences to the family of the doctor, who was working as a medical officer in Pulwama.In his message, the Lt Governor prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul of the great corona warrior and strength to the bereaved family members, an official spokesman said.He said Sinha also conveyed his deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mir.Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam also expressed grief over the demise.Describing the doctor as a dedicated and committed medical professional, the Chief Secretary said that Dr Ashraf gave away his life in the line of duty for the cause of humanity.“Dr. Ashraf was a front line COVID warrior, who contracted COVID-19, while on duty”, Chief Secretary said.Advisors to Lieutenant Governor, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, K.K Sharma and Baseer Khan and Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education Department, Atal Dulloo also expressed grief over the demise of Dr. Mir.While expressing heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, Advisors paid homage to Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Mir saying that his selfless sacrifice towards his duties would be remembered for ever and will serve as an inspiration for others. Advisor Sharma, while paying homage to the deceased, said that the doctor was a dedicated medical professional who set high standards of medical ethics by giving his best while discharging his duties during the prevailing global pandemic. “Dr. Mir was a determined and committed medico who gave away his life in the line of duty for the cause of humanity”, he asserted.Conveying his solidarity with the bereaved family, Dulloo expressed deep condolences over the death of a dedicated corona warrior.He prayed to Almighty for giving enough courage to the family to bear this irreparable loss besides granting eternal peace to the departed soul.Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee president G A Mir also expressed condolences over Mir’s demise, saying the deceased sacrificed his life while serving his patients.Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said Mir was a hero, and the party was deeply saddened by his death.“Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of Dr. Mohd Ashraf Mir sb due to Covid. He was working round the clock since the pandemic began. May his soul rest in peace & his family find the courage to bear this irreparable loss. Our sincere condolences to the bereaved. He’s a hero,” it said in a tweet.Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) president Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari also expressed shock and grief over the demise of Dr Mir.In a statement issued here, Bukhari described Dr Ashraf as a frontline warrior who lost his life while trying to save precious human lives from the deadly Coronavirus.“His contribution in the field of medicine especially in his home district Pulwama will be remembered by one and all,” Bukhari added.A 63-year-old patient died of COVID-19 at a Jammu hospital, taking the total number of fatalities due to the disease in the Jammu division to 35, officials said.Suresh Kumar, who was diabetic, was admitted to Chest Disease hospital here on August 7 after he tested positive for COVID-19. He breathed his last this morning, Medical Superintendent Rajeshwar Sharma said.He said Kumar was symptomatic when he was admitted to the hospital but was responding well to the treatment.However, the patient suddenly collapsed and died this morning apparently due to a major heart attack, he said.The officials said the deceased was a resident of Rani Park area of Parade in Jammu city and his body was being cremated as per the set protocol.With this, the death toll has risen to 35 in the Jammu region.Of the total 35 deaths, 24 have been reported from Jammu district, three from Rajouri district, two each from Udhampur and Doda and one each from Ramban, Kathua, Samba and Poonch districts.The Jammu region had recorded a total of 5,482 COVID-19 cases till Saturday evening. Among them, 3,692 have recovered and subsequently discharged from the hospitals, while 1,756 are still undergoing treatment.With the fresh fatalities, the death toll in the Union Territory rose to 472, of which 437 were from the Valley.Of the 507 new COVID-19, 129 were reported from Jammu region and 378 persons were from the valley, officials said.The Union territory now has 7,422 active cases while 17,003 patients have recovered from the infection.In the Valley, the officials said, Srinagar district recorded the highest 155 new cases followed by 50 in Bandipora, 44 in Baramulla, 32 in Anantnag, 26 in Kupwara, 22 in Pulwama, 18 in Ganderbal, 15 in Kulgam, 10 in Budgam and six in Shopian.In Jammu Division, district Jammu recorded highest 42 cases followed by 32 in Samba, 13 in Ramban, 12 in Reasi, 10 in Poonch, nine in Doda, five in Kathua, four in Udhampur, two in Rajouri while no case was reported from Kishtwar, they added.
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