8 more test positive in J&K, Covid-19 cases surge to 70

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 4/3/2020 12:25:09 AM

COVID 19 scare continues in J&K

JAMMU, Apr 2: In a sudden spurt in coronavirus cases in J&K, eight more COVID-19 positive cases were reported in the Jammu, Udhampur and Sopore on Thursday. This takes the total number of coronavirus disease (COVID1-9) cases in J&K to 70 with 17 in Jammu and 53 in Kashmir.
Official sources told eight positive included father, wife, and servant of a doctor who tested positive have contracted the disease, taking the number of COVID-19 patients in Jammu and Kashmir to 70.
A 70-year-old man from Sopore Baramulla tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday.
An official confirmed said that this person from Arampora-Sopore has a travel history. “He has returned from Saudi Arabia recently and was tested positive on Thursday in a Srinagar hospital,” the official said.
“A police team along with other officers have reached to his native village. Whole area has been declared red zone,” the official added.
According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Thursday, out of 70 positive cases, 65 are Active Positive, 03 have recovered and 02 have died. Regarding their location 53 are from Kashmir division and 17 from Jammu division.
The bulletin further informed that the first COVID-19 positive case from Kashmir division has fully recovered and has been discharged from the hospital.
Furthermore, till date 17677 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance which include 10694 persons in home quarantine including in facilities operated by government, 622 in Hospital Quarantine, 65 in hospital isolation and 4109 under home surveillance. Besides, 2187 persons have completed their 28 days surveillance period.
The Bulletin further said that till date 1084 samples have been sent for testing of which 1010 have tested as negative, 70 positive and 04 reports are awaited till April 02, 2020.
The Bulletin informed the general public that in case of any emergency people can avail free ambulance services 24x7 at their door steps 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 24x7 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).
According to the advisory issued in the media bulletin, people are advised to remain calm and not to panic as the prevention, containment and management of COVID-19 in the UT are being monitored at the highest level and necessary action to protect and safeguard the lives of people have been taken by the Government.
People have been requested 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.
Surveillance teams are conducting house to house contact tracing of positive cases, people are requested to cooperate with the team members.
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 No.s so that they can be provided correct medical advice and directed to the right health facility, if needed.
“People must take basic precautions for personal hygiene; frequent hand washing with soap & water; and observing coughing & sneezing etiquettes,” the Government advisory added.
Advising public to strictly follow the advisories issued by the government from time to time, the Advisory urged people to rely only on the information released by the government in this regard through the daily media bulletin to print & electronic media. Furthermore, people are advised to refrain from spreading rumours and pay no heed to them at the same time.



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