First coronavirus death reported in Occupied Kashmir
The first Covid-19 death has been reported in Indian held Kashmir, according to media reports.
The held valley has been under complete curfew for las 213 days, when BJP-led Indian government altered the status of Occupied Kashmir, making it a worst-case scenario for coronaries cases.
The victim was an elderly male, 65, Mohammad Ashraf Anim, a resident of Hyderpora Srinagar.
Turkish media outlet Turkey Today tweeted the news.
First Covid-19 death in India-administered Kashmir, victim an elderly male – local reports— TRT World Now (@TRTWorldNow) March 26, 2020
India Today reported, “In Kashmir a 65-year-old man, an Islamic preacher from the Hyderpora neighbourhood of Srinagar, who tested positive three days ago, died this morning at the Government Chest Disease Hospital in Srinagar.
He had recently travelled around the country, visiting mosques in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh's Deoband before returning home on March 16, NDTV report stated.
The total number of active COVID-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir is now 11, with one person having been discharged after treatment.
A notification has been circulated on social media attributed to Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Srinagar stated that the patient was mishandled.
DC Srinagar said that a report revealed that the patient who was later tested positive COVID-19 has not been handled as per the protocol required for treating such patients.
Pakistan seeks lifting of lockdown in IOK
Pakistan has serious concerns over the ongoing situation in the Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the ever-spreading coronavirus, and called on India for the immediate recovery of the communication lockdown in the valley.
In the weekly media briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office spokesperson Ayesha Farooqi said “Pakistan demands the Kashmiris be given basic access to the facilities in the wake of the coronavirus.”
“Pakistan also calls on the Indian government to call off the communication lockdown in the occupied Kashmir,” Farooqi said, and added that not only Pakistan but the whole world is facing the challenges emanating from the deadly coronavirus.
She said that the emergency centre is continuously working at the foreign office, and “We’re in contact with all Pakistani missions. “Pakistani mission has been constantly seeking to bring back the Pakistanis currently stuck at the airports across the world.”
She added that “We’ve already brought back Pakistanis from various countries including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, and Bangkok,” and said that the government also sent the Pakistanis in Rome to their homes.
“FM Qureshi has also contacted several of his counterparts by phone including the foreign ministers of Iran, the Maldives, Germany, Spain, and Turkey. During talk, Mr Qureshi stressed the need for a joint strategy against the coronavirus.”
The spokesperson said that Qureshi reiterated the need for a prompt video conference of the SAARC’s health ministers, and during the discussion with his French and German counterparts, “FM Qureshi raised the issue of lifting the sanctions on Iran.”