SRINAGAR: The Government Saturday informed that 62 new positive cases of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), 16 from Jammu division and 46 from Kashmir division, have been reported today thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 1183. Also, 01 COVID-19 patients died today at Chest Disease Hospital, Srinagar.
According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), out of 1183 positive cases, 595 are Active Positive, 575 have recovered and 13 have died.
Moreover, 33 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals of Kashmir Division.
The Bulletin further said that out of 80934 test results available, 79751 samples have tested as negative till May 17, 2020.
Additionally, till date 111368 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance which included 29442 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 105 in Hospital Quarantine, 595 in hospital isolation and 15425 under home surveillance. Besides, 65788 persons have completed their surveillance period.
Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Bandipora has 135 positive cases with 09 Active Positive, 125 recovered, 01 death; Srinagar has 157 positive cases (including 01 reported today) with 56 Active Positive, 96 recovered (including 12 recoveries today), 05 deaths; Anantnag district has 177 positive cases (including 15 cases reported today), with 141 Active Positive, 35 recovered (including 07 recoveries today), 01 death; Baramulla has 118 positive cases with 35 Active Positive, 80 recovered, 03 deaths; Shopian has 108 positive cases (including 01 reported today) with 33 Active Positive, 75 recovered (including 11 recoveries today); Kupwara has 97 positive cases with 49 Active Positive, 48 recovered; Budgam has 57 positive cases, with 28 Active Positive and 28 recovered cases and 01 death; Ganderbal has 23 positive cases with 09 Active cases and 14 recoveries; Kulgam has 147 positive cases (including 28 reported today), with 138 Active Positive and 09 recoveries (including 03 recoveries today); Pulwama reported 16 positive cases (including 01 reported today) with 11 active positive, 05 recovered.
Similarly, Jammu has 45 positive cases (including 06 reported today) with 17 active positive cases and 27 recoveries and 01 death; Udhampur has 25 positive cases (including 01 reported today) with 05 active positive case, 19 recovered and 01 death; Samba has 13 positive cases (including 02 reported today) with 07 Active Positive and 06 recoveries; Rajouri has 05 positive cases with 01 active positive case and 04 recovered; Kathua has 32 positive cases (including 01 case reported today) with 31 Active positive and 01 recovered; Kishtwar had only 01 positive case who has recovered; Ramban has 23 positive case (including 05 reported today) with 22 active positive and 01 recovered while Reasi has 03 positive cases with 02 active positive and 01 recovered, Poonch reported 01 positive case today.
The Bulletin said that the breakup represents districts from which the patients have been traced or are ordinarily residing.
The bulletin, while describing Spitting in public places as a public nuisance which spreads COVID-19 infection, has advised the people to quit chewing tobacco and pan masala for a safer and better health. “To Quit Tobacco Call Toll-free National Tobacco Quit Line 1800112356 or Give a Missed Call at 011-22901701”, the bulletin further urged the people.
The advisory has urged upon the people to maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metre from others which is the best way to protect themselves against COVID-19 besides frequently cleaning your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
The bulletin again explained that early detection of COVID-19 can prevent the spread of disease so we need to 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 advise”.
As a measure for social distancing in public places & workplaces wearing a face cover is compulsory.
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.