by Tahir Bhat
As many as 34 persons have tested positive in Kashmir on Wednesday, taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 780.
An official said that 24 samples have tested positive at CD hospital, two at Jammu and eight tested positive at SKIMS laboratory.
“Of the 39 new cases, two from Jammu, 11 are from Anantnag, five are from Shopian, 11 from Srinagar, three from Kupwara, one each from Kulgam and Ganderbal districts,” he said.
He said all the new cases have contact history with earlier positive cases.
According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel coronavirus (Covid-19), out of 775 positive cases, 445 are Active Positive, 322 have recovered and 08 have died.
Moreover, 02 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals of Kashmir Division.
The Bulletin further said that out of 34277 test results available, 33502 samples have tested as negative till May 06, 2020.
Furthermore, till date 82367 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance which included 14664 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 190 in Hospital Quarantine, 445 in hospital isolation and 7625 under home surveillance. Besides, 59435 persons have completed their surveillance period.
Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Bandipora has 132 positive cases with 69 Active Positive, 62 recovered, 01 death; Srinagar has 124 (including 11 reported today) positive cases with 46 Active Positive, 76 recovered (including 01 recovery today), 02 deaths; Anantnag district reported 11 new cases which led to 121 positive cases with 119 Active Positive, 01 recovered, 01 death; Baramulla has 104 positive cases with 59 Active Positive, 42 recovered, 03 deaths; with 5 fresh cases today, Shopian has 94 positive cases with 69 Active Positive, 25 recovered; Kupwara has 69 positive cases with 3 cases reported today, 38 Active Positive, 31 recovered (including 01 recovery today); Budgam has 30 positive cases with 18 Active Positive and 12 recovered cases; Ganderbal has 15 positive cases including 1 case reported today with 01 Active case and 14 recoveries; Kulgam has 12 positive cases (including 01 reported today) with 09 Active Positive and 03 recoveries; Pulwama reported 09 positive cases with 06 active positive, 03 recovered.
Similarly, Jammu has 29 positive cases (including 02 cases reported today) with 03 active positive cases and 26 recoveries; Udhampur has 21 positive cases with 01 active positive case, 19 recovered and 01 death; Samba has 07 positive cases with 03 Active Positive and 04 recoveries; Rajouri has 04 positive cases, 01 active positive and 03 have recovered; Kathua has 01 positive case who is active positive; Kishtwar had only 01 positive case who has recovered while Ramban and Reasi districts both have 01 positive case each who are active positive.
The Bulletin said that the breakup represents districts from which the patients have been traced or are ordinarily residing.
According to bulletin, the people have been informed that Hand Hygiene is one of the effective actions they can take to reduce the spread of pathogens and prevent infections, including COVID-19. The public has been urged upon to protect themselves and others from getting sick, wash their hands frequently with soap and water; After coughing or sneezing, when caring for the sick, before, during and after preparing food, before eating, after toilet use,·when hands are visibly dirty, after handling animals or animal waste, before and after wearing face cover/mask.
The bulletin says that early detection of COVID-19 can prevent the spread of disease, let us be responsible for the well-being of ourselves and everyone around us. Not disclosing symptoms could put life of individuals and their families at risk. In case of symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing report early. Do not fear, call COVID-19 helpline numbers and seek medical advice.
Advisory urged people not to step out of home, unless absolutely necessary. “If you have to move out for unavoidable reasons, ensure that you wear a mask and practice social distancing, personal hygiene and frequent handwashing with soap and water.”
In case of any emergency people can avail free ambulance services 24×7 at their doorsteps by calling on toll-free number 108 while as pregnant women and sick infants can avail free ambulance services by dialling toll-free number 102.
People can also call on toll-free national helpline number 1075; J&K COVID-19 Helpline Numbers 0191- 2549676 (UT level Cell), 0191-2520982, 0191-2674444, 0191-2674115 (For Jammu Division), 0194-2440283 & 0194-2430581 (For Kashmir Division) for support, guidance, and response to health-related queries on Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
Public is advised to strictly follow the advisories issued by the government from time to time and are urged to rely only on the information released by the government through the daily media bulletin to print and electronic media.
People are also advised to refrain from spreading rumours and pay no heed to them at the same time.