J&K’s COVID-19 tally cross 12K mark with over 490 new cases, death toll reaches 222

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SRINAGAR: The Government on Thursday informed that 490 new positive cases of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), 62 from Jammu division and 428 from Kashmir division, have been reported today thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 12156. Also, 16 COVID-19 deaths have been reported from Kashmir Division.

Moreover, 109 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals, 34 from Jammu Division and 75 from the Kashmir Division.

According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), out of 12156 positive cases, 5488 are Active Positive, 6446 have recovered and 222 have died; 18 in Jammu division and 204 in Kashmir division.

The Bulletin further said that out of 481452 test results available, 469296 samples have been tested as negative till July 16, 2020.

Additionally, till date 323038 travelers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance which included 38581 persons in-home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 13 in Hospital Quarantine, 5488 in hospital isolation and 43875 under home surveillance. Besides, 234859 persons have completed their surveillance period.

Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Bandipora has 421 positive cases (including 02 cases reported today) with 105 Active Positive, 313 recovered (including 17 cases recovered today) and 03 deaths; Srinagar has 2345 positive cases (including 259 cases reported today) with 1724 Active Positive, 566 recovered (including 17 cases recovered today), 55 deaths; Anantnag district has 939 positive cases (including 06 cases reported today), with 284 Active Positive, 638 recovered,  17 deaths; Baramulla has 1399 positive cases (including 18 cases reported today) with 774 Active Positive, 577 recovered (including 05 cases recovered today), 48 deaths; Shopian has 972 positive cases (including 42 cases reported today) with 235 Active Positive, 720 recovered (including 13 cases recovered today) and 17 deaths; Kupwara has 818 positive cases (including 03 cases reported today) with 282 Active Positive, 523 recovered (including 01 cases recovered today) and 13 deaths; Budgam has 662 positive cases (including 34 cases reported today) with 306 Active Positive and 340 recovered cases (including 09 cases reported today) and 16 deaths; Ganderbal has 222 positive cases (including 11 cases reported today) with 118 active positive cases and 100 recoveries and 04 deaths; Kulgam has 1097 positive cases (including 21 cases reported today), with 395 Active Positive and 679 recoveries and 23 deaths and Pulwama reported 774 positive cases (including 32 cases reported today) with 378 active positive cases and 388 recovered (including 13 cases recovered today) and 08 deaths.

Similarly, Jammu has 553 positive cases (including 14 cases reported today) with 176 active positive cases and 366 recoveries (including 22 cases reported today) and 11 deaths; Udhampur has 307 positive cases (including 03 cases reported today)   with 21 active positive cases, 285 recovered (including 06 cases recovered today) and 01 death; Samba has 301 positive cases (including 08 cases reported today) with 155 Active Positive and 145 recoveries (including 01 case recovered today) and 01 death; Rajouri has 321 positive cases (including 33 cases reported today) with 222 active positive cases and 98 recovered and 01 death; Kathua has 328 positive cases (including 02 cases reported today) with 97 Active positive and 230 recovered (including 01 case reported today) and 01 death; Kishtwar has 58 positive cases with 31 active positive cases and 27 recovered; Ramban has 277 positive cases with 68 active positive and 209 recoveries; Reasi has 60 positive cases with 21 active positive and 39 recovered; Poonch has 148 positive cases with 26 active positive and 121 recoveries and 01 death while Doda has 154 positive cases (including 02 cases reported today) with 70 active positive cases and 82 recoveries (including 04 cases recovered today) and 02 deaths.

According to the bulletin, of the total 12156 positive cases in J&K 3061 have been reported as travelers while 9095 as others.

The Bulletin said that the breakup represents districts from which the patients have been traced or are ordinarily residing.

The bulletin has informed the people that, the best way to protect themselves from COVID-19 is by maintaining physical distance of at least 2 metre from others, frequently cleaning hands with an alcohol based hand sanitizer or washing them with soap and water and following good respiratory etiquette and hygiene.

As a measure for social distancing in public places and workplaces wearing a face cover is compulsory.

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 advice”.

Advisory has further exhorted upon the 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 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.

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