JAMMU, MARCH 21: The Government today informed that 3611 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance and, so far, only four cases have tested positive in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to the daily Media Bulletin on
novel coronavirus (COVID-19) 2557 persons have been kept under home quarantine
while as 50 are in hospital quarantine.
Persons who are under home surveillance
stand at 584 while as 420 persons have completed their 28-day surveillance
The Bulletin further said that 213 samples
have been sent for testing of which 205 tested as negative and only four cases
have tested positive so far, while as four reports are awaited till March 21,
Meanwhile, 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 (Jammu Division), 0194-2440283 and
0194-2430581 (Kashmir Division).
The government has directed that Home quarantine
is mandatory for anybody having travel history to Novel Coronavirus affected
countries/ areas in order to contain the spread of the disease. All the
travellers who have arrived from Covid-19 affected countries/ areas and have
not declared their travel history so far have been appealed to necessarily
report to local health authorities/ Covid helpline and undergo self-imposed
home quarantine for a period of 14 days from the date of their arrival.
The Public at large has been urged to
extend full co-operation to the call of Janta Curfew given by the Prime
Minister tomorrow from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
The Government has also urged the general
public to maintain social distancing as it is the key to stop and prevent the
spread of Covid-19 from those who are infected.
“The intervention includes remaining out of
crowded settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance
(approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible,” the Government
Further, the Government has appealed people
to not panic and take care of health and protect others.
“Public, in general, is advised to avoid
unnecessary travel and use of public transport. Avoid unnecessary travel and
use of public transport; avoid crowded places and large gatherings, do not spit
in public. People must take basic precautions for personal hygiene; frequent
hand washing with soap and observing coughing and sneezing etiquettes,” the
Government advisory added.
The advisory also calls upon the general
public 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. The advisory urges people to rely only on the
information released by the government in this regard through the daily media
bulletin to print and electronic media. Furthermore, people are advised to
refrain from spreading rumours and pay no heed to them at the same time.