Coronavirus: 46158 Persons Under Surveillance In JK, 207 Test positive

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The Government Friday informed that 46158 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance in Jammu and Kashmir and so far 207 cases have tested positive for novel coronavirus.

According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel coronavirus (Covid-19), out of 207 positive cases, 197 are Active Positive, 06 have recovered and 04 have died.

Furthermore, 7726 persons have been kept in-home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 415 in Hospital Quarantine, 197 in hospital isolation and 27891 under home surveillance. Besides, 9925 persons have completed their 28-day surveillance period.

The Bulletin further said that till date 2754 samples have tested as negative till April 10, 2020.

Providing district wise stats, the Bulletin said that Srinagar has 51 positive cases wherein 49 are Active Positive, 01 have recovered and 01 have died, Bandipora 36 positive cases with 33 Active Positive, 02 have recovered and  01 died, Baramulla 30 positive cases with 29 Active Positive, 0 recovered and 01 died, Budgam 10 positive cases and all are Active Positive, Pulwama 03 positive cases-all Active Positive, Shopian and Kupwara with 13 positive cases each and all are Active Positive, and Ganderbal and Kulgam with 02 and 03 positive cases respectively all of whom are Active Positive.

Similarly, Jammu has 06 positive cases who are Active Positive, Udhampur 17 positive cases of which 16 are Active Positive, 0 recovered and 01 died, while as Rajouri and Kishtwar have 03 and 01 positive cases respectively wherein all the three in Rajouri are Active Positive and the single positive case has recovered fully in Kishtwar district.

The Bulletin also said that there are 19 positive cases of patients belonging to other States/UTs of which 17 are Active Positive and 02 cases have recovered.

Meanwhile, according to the advisory issued in the media bulletin, smoking cigarettes/bidis /kreteks/sheesha/hookah/water pipes and other forms of smoking products can increase the chances of getting Covid-19 by transferring the virus by bringing hands to the mouth.

“Smoking damages lungs, heart and other body parts and may increase your risk of getting a severe case of Covid-19,” the advisory reads, while emphasizing upon smokers to quit smoking.

People are informed to use ‘Aarogya Setu’ mobile application developed by Government of India that uses Bluetooth and GPS to inform when one might be possibly at risk of exposure. The users of the app are empowered with better information on the potential risk of infection, self- assessment tools and contextual advice. The app can be downloaded for Android on Google Play and iOS on Apple App Store.

The general public has been urged to stay indoors, strictly implement social distancing measures, disclose recent travel history to Covid-19 affected countries and report any contact with positive cases voluntarily.

The general public is advised to avoid unnecessary visit to hospitals, in case anyone develops fever, cough and difficulty in breathing, seek medical advice promptly by calling on Covid-19 helpline numbers so that they can be provided correct medical advice and directed to the right health facility, if needed.

The Bulletin informed the general public that in case of any emergency people can avail free ambulance services 24×7 at their doorsteps by calling on toll-free No. 108. Pregnant women and sick infants can avail free ambulance services by dialling toll-free No. 102.

Furthermore a 24×7 toll-free national helpline number 1075 has been activated for support, guidance, and response to health-related queries on novel coronavirus disease. The government of Jammu and Kashmir has also set up helpline numbers in this regard: 0191-2549676 (UT level Cell for J&K), 0191-2520982, 0191-2674444, 0191-2674115 (For Jammu Division), 0194-2440283 and 0194-2430581 (For Kashmir Division).

With regard to personal hygiene, the advisory stressed on frequent hand washing with soap and water and to observe, coughing and sneezing etiquettes.

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 in this regard through the daily media bulletin to print  and electronic media.

People are advised to refrain from spreading rumours and pay no heed to them at the same time.

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