A senior Kashmir Administrative Service officer on Saturday died of Covid-19 at a hospital, officials said.
This as Jammu district surpassed Srinagar to head the virus fatality chart among the 20 districts of Jammu and Kashmir.
Special Secretary to Government, Finance Department, Shamim Ahmad Wani was recently admitted to Government Medical College (GMC) hospital Jammu after he tested positive for Covid-19, the officials said.
They said 54-year-old Wani breathed his last in the morning and is being laid to rest in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines.
Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam expressed grief over the demise of Wani.
Jammu and Kashmir recorded over 570 Covid-19 related deaths in the past three weeks with the Jammu region registering 340 fatalities against 219 in the Kashmir division till Friday evening Jammu district accounted for over 200 such deaths to reach the overall tally of 613, which is highest among the 20 districts. Srinagar with 597 deaths is placed second in the chart but continued to be among the worst-hit districts with the highest number of cumulative cases, which stand at 51,361 against 38,645 in Jammu district till Friday evening.