Covid-19: 21 More Test Positive In J&K, Tally At 245

Local volunteers fumigating Maisuma locality of Srinagar. Pic Abid Bhat

Srinagar- Twenty-one people including 17 from Valley tested positive for coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, taking the total number of cases to 245, officials said.

“21 new cases of Covid-19 reported in J&K today. 17 from Kashmir Division and 4 from Jammu Division. Total number of positive cases now 245,”  Government Spokesperson Rohit Kansal tweeted.

Among them include seven from Kupwara, four from Baramulla, three from Ganderbal, and two from Bandipora and one from Kulgam districts of Kashmir division while remaining four from Jammu division,reported news agency GNS.

Regarding Kupwara cases, sources said they include three men from Tangdhar—76-year-old, 30-year-old and 25-year-old, and they had attended a religious congregation, recently at Nizamuddin in New Delhi.

The four other cases are contacts of 23-year-old COVID-19 patient from Muqam-e-Shahwali and include his 58-year-old father, grandfather (73), maternal uncle (60) and 11-year-old sister.

Regarding the Baramulla case, sources said they include 15-year-old girl from Solinda Tangmarg and 25-year-old woman from Kathpora Tangmarg, both contacts of the previous patient. The two other cases include 38-year-old male from Maharajpora Sopore and 48-year-old man from Wagub Sopore.

The three cases in Ganderbal include a COVID-19 patient’s daughter (40), his sister (60) and brother-in-law (65), they said.

Regarding Bandipora cases, they are two females one aged 55 and other 40 and are contacts of a previous patient.

The last case was reported in Kashmir from Kulgam’s Damhal Hanjipora and is said to be a contact of a religious congregation.

While Kulgam case was confirmed at Chest Disease hospital, all other tests came positive at SKIMS.

Among four cases in Jammu division include an Army jawan who was visiting his home town in Samba district and a doctor posted in Udhampur district. The other two cases have been reported from Roop Nagar and Satwari areas,the officials said.

The Army jawan is posted outside Jammu and Kashmir. He was on leave and had come to his home town in Samba on March 18. He was under quarantine but was shifted to the isolation ward of the Government Medical College Hospital here after he developed some symptoms, the officials said.

His test came back positive for coronavirus, they said.

With the detection of 21 new cases in Jammu and Kashmir, coronavirus count in the Union Territory  has gone up to 245 – 197 in Kashmir and 48 in Jammu.

There has been a steady increase in the number of COVID-19 cases over the past week.

Four patients have died due to the disease in the state so far and six have recovered.

More than 51320 people have been kept under surveillance, including those who are either in government-established quarantine facilities or in home-isolation, said Govt in its daily media bulletin.

The Bulletin further said that 3355 samples have tested as negative till April 12, 2020.

Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Srinagar has 58 positive cases wherein 56 are Active Positive, 01 recovered and 01 has died, Bandipora 42 positive cases with 39 Active Positive, 02 recovered and  01 died, Baramulla 37 positive cases with 36 Active Positive, no case has 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 23 positive cases respectively and all are Active Positive, and Ganderbal and Kulgam with 05 and 04 positive cases respectively all of whom are Active Positive.

Similarly, Jammu has 21 positive cases of whom 19 are Active Positive and 02 have recovered, Udhampur 19 positive cases of which 18 are Active Positive, 0 recovered and 01 died, while as Rajouri and Samba have 03 and 04 positive cases respectively and all are Active Positive and the single positive case has recovered fully in Kishtwar district.

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, 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.

People have been advised to take care of their well being and mental health during the lockdown.

Giving tips, the advisory has asked people to: follow a daily routine

Write down their thoughts, listen to their favourite music & songs, reach out to friends through phone calls or online, work on their passion or hobbies in  households and avoid excessive exposure to COVID-19 related news that may be upsetting.

For further psycho-social support people have been asked to call National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) Toll Free 080-46110007.

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 advise 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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