JAMMU: The Government Wednesday informed that 73 new positive cases of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), 36 from Jammu division and 37 from Kashmir division, have been reported today thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 1390. Also 01 COVID-19 patient died at SKIMS, Soura, Srinagar.

According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), out of 1390 positive cases, 694 are Active Positive, 678 have recovered and 18 have died; 02 in Jammu division and 16 in Kashmir division.

Moreover, 31 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals, 04 from Jammu division and 27 from Kashmir Division.

The Bulletin further said that out of 101950 test results available, 100560 samples have tested as negative till May 20, 2020.

Additionally, till date 122964 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance which included 33113 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 86 in Hospital Quarantine, 694 in hospital isolation and 19892 under home surveillance. Besides, 69161 persons have completed their surveillance period.

Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Bandipora has 138 positive cases (including 01 cases reported today) with 09 Active Positive, 128 recovered, 01 death; Srinagar has 169 positive cases with 67 Active Positive, 97 recovered (including 01 case recovered today), 05 deaths; Anantnag district has 252 positive cases (including 05 cases reported today), with 159 Active Positive, 89 recovered (including 02 recoveries today),  04 deaths; Baramulla has 129 positive cases (including 08 reported today) with 34 Active Positive, 91 recovered, 04 deaths; Shopian has 109 positive cases with 11 Active Positive, 98 recovered (including 23 cases recovered today); Kupwara has 118 positive cases (including 17 cases reported today) with 70 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 with 10 Active cases and 15 recoveries; Kulgam has 171 positive cases (including 05 reported today), with 160 Active Positive and  10 recoveries (including 01 case recovered today) and 01 death and Pulwama reported 19 positive cases (including 01 reported today) with 13 active positive, 06 recovered.

Similarly, Jammu has 67 positive cases (including 20 cases reported today) with 35 active positive cases and 31 recoveries (including 02 recoveries reported today) and 01 death; Udhampur has 33 positive cases (including 05 reported today) with 11 active positive case, 21 recovered (including 02 cases reported today) and 01 death; Samba has 16 positive cases (including 02 cases reported today) with 10 Active Positive and 06 recoveries; Rajouri has 08 positive cases with 04 active positive cases and 04 recovered; Kathua has 37 positive cases (including 01 case reported today) with 36 Active positive and 01 recovered; Kishtwar has 05 positive case (including 03 cases reported today) with 04 active positive case and 01 recovered; Ramban has 27 positive cases (including 03 cases reported today) with 26 active positive and 01 recovered; Reasi has 04 positive cases (including 01 case reported today) with 03 active positive and 01 recovered, Poonch has 04 active positive cases (including 01 case reported today) 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 urged upon the people to maintain physical distance of at least 2 metre from others and frequently clean their hands with an alcohol based hand sanitizer or soap and water besides following good respiratory etiquettes & hygiene which is the best way to protect themselves from COVID-19.

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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