JAMMU: The Government Tuesday informed that 28 new positive cases of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), 06 from Jammu division and 22 from Kashmir division, have been reported today thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 1317.

According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), out of 1317 positive cases, 653 are Active Positive, 647 have recovered and 17 have died, 02 in Jammu division and 15 in Kashmir division.

Moreover, 38 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals, 02 from Jammu division and 36 from Kashmir Division.

The Bulletin further said that out of 96826 test results available, 95509 samples have tested as negative till May 19, 2020.

Additionally, till date 119155 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance which included 31524 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 87 in Hospital Quarantine, 653 in hospital isolation and 19555 under home surveillance. Besides, 67319 persons have completed their surveillance period.

Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Bandipora has 137 positive cases with 08 Active Positive, 128 recovered, 01 death; Srinagar has 169 positive cases with 68 Active Positive, 96 recovered, 05 deaths; Anantnag district has 247 positive cases (including 11 cases reported today), with 157 Active Positive, 87 recovered (including 26 recoveries today),  03 death; Baramulla has 121 positive cases (including 02 reported today) with 26 Active Positive, 91 recovered (including 10 recoveries today), 04 deaths; Shopian has 109 positive cases with 34 Active Positive, 75 recovered; Kupwara has 101 positive cases with 53 Active Positive, 48 recovered; Budgam has 58 positive cases, with 27 Active Positive and 30 recovered cases and 01 death; Ganderbal has 25 positive cases (including 01 reported today) with 10 Active cases and 15 recoveries; Kulgam has 166 positive cases (including 07 reported today), with 156 Active Positive and  09 recoveries and 01 death and Pulwama reported 18 positive cases (including 01 reported today) with 12 active positive, 06 recovered.

Similarly, Jammu has 47 positive cases with 17 active positive cases and 29 recoveries (including 02 recoveries reported today) and 01 death; Udhampur has 28 positive cases (including 02 reported today) with 08 active positive case, 19 recovered and 01 death; Samba has 14 positive cases (including 01 reported today) with 08 Active Positive and 06 recoveries; Rajouri has 08 positive cases (including 01 reported today) with 04 active positive cases and 04 recovered; Kathua has 36 positive cases (including 02 cases reported today) with 35 Active positive and 01 recovered; Kishtwar has 02 positive case with 01 active positive case and 01 recovered; Ramban has 24 positive cases with 23 active positive and 01 recovered; Reasi has 03 positive cases with 02 active positive and 01 recovered, Poonch has 3 active positive cases while Doda has 01 active positive case.

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

The advisory has informed the public in general that, use of gloves in public spaces is not a recommended or proven prevention measure against COVID-19; Wearing gloves in public spaces does not replace the need for hand hygiene, nor does it offer any additional measure of protection against the COVID-19 virus than hand hygiene. Gloves do not provide complete protection against hand contamination, as pathogens may gain access to the hands via small defects in gloves or by contamination of the hands during glove removal. People can also transfer pathogens from one surface to another by touching with gloved hands or even transfer pathogens to the mouth, nose, or eyes if they touch their face with gloved hands.

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”.

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

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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