COVID19: Positive cases mount to 125 in J&K

Srinagar: The number of coronavirus cases rose to 125 in Jammu and Kashmir as nine more cases from Kashmir and six from Jammu were reported on Tuesday.

Government spokesman, Rohit Kansal in his tweet said that, “125 cases in all now; 118 active cases; 24 in Jammu Division, 94 in Kashmir. 6 new cases in Jammu division today , 9 in Kashmir. Aggressive contact tracing; red zones to continue.”

Furthermore, till date 35242 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance which includes 10556 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 615 in Hospital Quarantine, 103 in hospital isolation and 17506 under home surveillance.

The Bulletin further said that till date 1708 samples have been sent for testing of which 1583 have tested as negative, and 16 reports are awaited till April 06, 2020.

The Bulletin urged the general public 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.

It also said that Indian Council for Medical Research has appealed to the General Public to refrain from consuming smokeless tobacco products and spitting in public places during the Covid epidemic.  Further, it said chewing smokeless tobacco products (Gutkha, Paan masala with tobacco, Paan and other chewing tobacco products) and areca nut (supari) increases the production of saliva followed by a very strong urge to spit. Spitting in public places could enhance the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

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