J&K: 2157 under surveillance, reports of 12 awaited
Jammu, Mar 15:
The Government Sunday informed that 2157 number of travellers and persons in
contact with the suspected Coronavirus cases have been put under surveillance
in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to the
daily Media Bulletin on novel coronavirus (COVID-19), 1829 persons are under
home quarantine and 29 persons are in hospital quarantine while 131 persons are
under home surveillance.
Bulletin said that 101 samples have been sent for testing, of which 87 tested
as negative and only two cases have tested positive, so far while as reports of
12 cases are awaited till March 15, 2020. Meanwhile, 168 persons have completed
their 28 days surveillance period.
According to the
Bulletin, home quarantined persons and their family members are requested to
cooperate with the local surveillance teams / health authorities and strictly
follow the guidelines for home quarantine issued by the Ministry of Health
& Family Welfare, GoI.
Public in general
has been requested to strengthen surveillance mechanism by making
self-declaration about their foreign travel history to local health
authorities. “Moreover all social, religious and political organizations are
urged to avoid large gatherings,” reads the advisory.
according to the advisory should not be used by healthy persons who are not
having any symptoms because it creates false sense of security that can lead to
neglecting other essential measures such as washing of hands. “In fact
erroneous use of masks or continuous use of a disposable mask for longer than 6
hours or repeated use of same mask may actually increase risk of getting
Stressing on the
social distancing, the advisory urged people not to panic and avoid
un-necessary travel, use of public transport; avoid crowded places and large
gatherings. “People must take basic precautions for personal hygiene; frequent
hand washing with soap & water; and observing coughing & sneezing
etiquettes. If anyone has fever, cough and difficulty in breathing, seek
medical care at the earliest.”
To avoid any
misinformation, people are urged to rely only on the information released by
the government through the daily media bulletin to print and electronic media.