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Srinagar, May 7: There seems to be no let-up in the COVID positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir. Eighteen new cases of COVID-19 –15 in Kashmir and three in Jammu –were reported on Thursday.

With this, the total number of positive cases has reached 793 in the union territory. Of 793 positive cases, 449 are active, 335 have recovered and nine have died.

Moreover, 13 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals of the Kashmir Division.

Out of 37706 test results available, 36913 samples have tested negative till May 7, 2020.

Furthermore, to date 84900 travelers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance which included 16387 persons under home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 186 in hospital quarantine, 449 in hospital isolation and 8121 under home surveillance. Besides, 59748 persons have completed their surveillance period.

Providing district-wise breakup, the government said Bandipora with two new positive cases has taken the total to 134 positive cases with 70 Active Positive, 63 recovered (including 01 recovery today), 01 death; Srinagar has 126 (including 02 today) positive cases with 47 Active Positive, 76 recovered, 03 deaths; Anantnag district reported 1 new cases which led to 122 positive cases with 120 Active Positive, 01 recovered,  01 death; Baramulla has 105 positive cases (including 01 reported today) with 60 Active Positive, 42 recovered, 03 deaths; with 04 fresh cases today, Shopian has 98 positive cases with 64 Active Positive, 34 recovered (including 09 recoveries today); Kupwara has 69 positive cases with 38 Active Positive, 31 recovered; Budgam with 01 new case has 31 positive cases with 19 Active Positive and 12 recovered cases; Ganderbal has 16 positive cases including 1 case reported today with 02 Active case and 14 recoveries; Kulgam has 12 positive cases with 07 Active Positive and  05 recoveries including 02 recoveries today; Pulwama reported 12 positive cases (including 03 cases reported today) with 08 active positive, 04 recovered (including 01 recovery today).

Similarly, Jammu has 31 positive cases including 02 cases reported today. They include 05 active positive cases and 26 recoveries; Udhampur has 22 positive cases (including 01 case reported today) with 02 active positive case, 19 recovered and 01 death; Samba has 07 positive cases with 03 Active Positive and 04 recoveries; Rajouri has 04 positive cases, 01 active positive and 03 have recovered;  Kathua has 01 positive case who is active positive; Kishtwar had only 01 positive case who has recovered while Ramban and Reasi districts have 01 active positive case each.

The government has urged upon the public to maintain social distancing as it is the key to stop and prevent the spread of COVID-19 from those who are infected to those who are not infected. “Besides, reduce physical contact with others. Keep at least 2-meter distance between yourself and others, when you are out. The more space between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread,” an official spokesman said.

 Many people with COVID-19 don’t develop/show any symptoms and don’t feel unwell, that is why it is important to practice social distancing at all times to avoid contact with someone who is infected but not showing any symptoms. For practicing social distancing, we should avoid having guests/neighbors visit our homes to reduce the risk of infection transmission.

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 rumors and pay no heed to them at the same time.

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