COVID-19: 8 more test positive, toll 70


Jammu: The Government Thursday informed that 08 new positive cases of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), 05 from Jammu division and 03 from Kashmir division, have been reported today thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 70.

According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel coronavirus (COVID-19), 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 24×7 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 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).

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.