The Government Saturday informed that 17 new positive cases of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), 05 from Jammu and 12 from Kashmir division, have been reported today thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 224.
According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel coronavirus (Covid-19), out of 224 positive cases, 214 are Active Positive, 06 have recovered and 04 have died.
Furthermore, till date, 48202 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance which include 7729 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 422 in Hospital Quarantine, 214 in hospital isolation and 28912 under home surveillance. Besides, 10921 persons have completed their 28-day surveillance period.
The Bulletin further said that 2982 samples have tested as negative till April 11, 2020.
Providing district wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Srinagar has 58 positive cases wherein 56 are Active Positive, 01 have recovered and 01 have died, Bandipora 41 positive cases with 38 Active Positive, 02 have recovered and 01 died, Baramulla 33 positive cases with 32 Active Positive, 0 recovered and 01 died, Budgam 11 positive cases all of whom are Active Positive, Pulwama 03 positive cases-all Active Positive, Shopian and Kupwara with 14 and 15 positive cases respectively 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 19 positive cases of whom 17 are Active Positive and 02 have recovered, Udhampur 18 positive cases of which 17 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. Further, there are 03 positive cases in Samba whom all are Active Positive.
The Bulletin said that the breakup represents districts from which the patients have been traced or are ordinarily residing.
Meanwhile, according to the advisory issued in the media bulletin, older adults (60 years and above) or people with underlying health conditions are at higher risk of developing severe forms of COVID-19.
“For those over 60 years and people with underlying health conditions, keeping your physical distance from others is advised. Don’t allow visitors or go outside during the COVID-19 outbreak. Alternatively, socialize by phone every day with friends or family.
“Check for common symptoms like cough, fever and difficulty in breathing. Seek medical care immediately, if you have difficulty in breathing. Keep family/friends informed if you need assistance,” the advisory said.
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.