12 more cases test positive in J&K, total mounts to 33: Kansal

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 3/29/2020 12:32:38 AM

From fresh cases 2 from Srinagar, 3 in Jammu after briefing

JAMMU, Mar 28: The Covid-19 positive cases have shown a sudden spurt in J&K with five more cases being reported from Jammu and Kashmir of which two are from Srinagar and three from Poonch, Jammu taking the total number of positive cases in the Union Territory to 33 including the one who recovered and the one who passed away.
J&K Govt spokesperson Rohit Kansal said that “Hardly do I finish my press conference briefing 28 cases, that I get more unpleasant news-5 new positive cases-2 in Srinagar and 3 in Jammu all contacts previously positive ones. All Jammu cases asymptomatic. We are at 33 now.”
Earlier, nodal officer Kashmir for COVID-19 Dr SM Qadri had stated that 47 samples were collected today across the valley and among the earlier samples turned to be positive as of now and many suspected cases have been kept in isolation at chest disease hospital Srinagar and SKIMS.
In his earlier tweet, Kansal had stated," Tough to be harbinger of unpleasant news. But being informed is being prepared. Seven more positive cases in Srinagar today. Four cases- history of contact with already positive cases of religious congregation; other three- travel history outside J&K contacts being traced".
Kansal said that in Jammu and Kashmir, there are 28 positive cases among which only 25 are active, two have recovered with 21 cases from Kashmir and four from Jammu. He said that the government is closely monitoring the situation and there is spurt in the cases in past weeks or so, adding that the aggressive efforts are underway to trace every single contact and test them it may cause some inconvenience but this is where government needs your (people’s) support to understand the situation.
As per the government figures the total number of positive cases across the Jammu and Kashmir has mounted to 33 now with fresh five cases two from Srinagar and three from Jammu
According to the Media bulletin on Novel Coronavirus, a total of 5,919 travellers and persons in contact with suspected or positive cases have been put under surveillance, 3,535 in home-quarantine (including facilities operated by the government), 227 in hospital quarantine and 1,525 in home surveillance across Jammu and Kashmir.
As many as 632 people have completed their 28 days' surveillance period, it said, adding 532 samples were sent for testing, of which 486 returned negative, while 28 positive (25 active, two recovered, one dead).
The report of another 18 tests are still awaited, the bulletin said.
Authorities told that on Saturday referred two persons from Poonch hospitals to Government Medical College (GMC), Rajouri, while ten others have been shifted to isolation facilities in two different government hospitals of the district, officials said.
District Magistrate, Poonch, Rahul Yadav said that so far two persons from Poonch have been identified who remained in active contact with the positive cases of Coronavirus in Rajouri as well as Valley.
"One is from Mendhar and other from Mandi and both were earlier shifted to sub district hospital Mendhar and Mandi respectively but we have now referred duo to Rajouri GMC for further diagnosis of samples," said DM Poonch.
He further said that ten of their family members and contacts have been shifted for hospital isolation in the respective areas.
People are urged to take the lockdown seriously and uphold the instructions laid out by the government in a coordinated effort to protect themselves and their families by staying in homes. Do not indulge in panic buying as converging around shops increases the risk of the spread of covid-19.
An appeal is made to all the religious leaders to announce on the Public Address system of Mandir/ Masjid' Gurudwara Church etc. of their area appealing the public to come forward and report voluntarily whosoever has recent travel history of Covid-19 affected countries and other affected areas of the country and had not declared their travel history till date for their safety, safety of their families, neighbours & people in general. By doing so necessary measures in the interest of public health can be taken by the Government.
General public is advised to avoid unnecessary visit to hospitals, in case anyone develops fever, cough and difficulty in breathing, seek medical advice promptly. People should call on Covid-19 helpline Numbers and inform about their health condition along with any recent travel or contact history so that they can be provided correct medical advice and directed to the right health facility, if needed.
In case of any emergency people can avail free ambulance services 24x7 at their door steps by calling on toll free No. 108. Pregnant women and sick infants can avail free ambulance services by dialling toll free No. 102.
Toll free national helpline number 1075. J&K Covid-19 Helpline No.s 0191-2549676 (LT 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).
There is no need to panic, take protective measures to protect yourself and your loved ones. Public in general is therefore advised to avoid un-necessary travel; avoid crowded places and large gatherings, do not spit in public. People must take basic precautions for personal hygiene; frequent hand washing with soap & water; and observing coughing & sneezing etiquettes.
Public is advised to strictly follow the advisories issued by the government from time to time. People are urged to rely only on the information released by the government in this regard through the daily media bulletin to print & electronic media. People are advised to refrain from spreading rumours and pay no heed to them at the same time.



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