In occupied Kashmir, a 65-year-old man infected with the coronavirus died at Chest Disease (CD) Hospital Dalgate, Srinagar in the early hours of Thursday, reported Kashmir Media Service.

Officials told media men that Muhammad Ashraf, a resident of Hyderpora area of Srnagar was first recorded victim of coronavirus in occupied Kashmir.

Government spokesperson Rohit Kansal said, “This is sad news. This is first death due to Coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir.” He said four others who were in contact with him have also tested for the deadly virus.

Doctors at the chest disease hospital said the patient had a medical history of prolonged illness with diabetes, hypertension, obesity.

The victim had returned after visiting New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu recently after being part of a ‘Tablighi Jamaat’ also attended by people from Indonesia and Malaysia.

As of now, eight persons have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Kashmir Valley while the tally of such patients in the entire occupied territory has gone up to 11.