STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: The government on Thursday stated that eight new positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), five from Jammu division and three from Kashmir, have been reported, taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 70. According to the daily Media Bulletin, out of 70 positive cases, 65 are Active Positive, three have recovered and two have died. Regarding their location 53 are from Kashmir and 17 from Jammu division. The bulletin further informed that the first COVID-19 positive case from the Valley has fully recovered and has been discharged from the hospital. Furthermore, till date 17,677 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance which include 10,694 persons in home quarantine including in facilities operated by government, 622 in Hospital Quarantine, 65 in hospital isolation and 4,109 under home surveillance. Besides, 2,187 persons have completed their 28 days surveillance period. The Bulletin said that till date 1084 samples have been sent for testing of which 1010 have tested as negative, 70 positive and four reports are awaited till April 02, 2020. The government has urged the general public that in case of any emergency they can avail free ambulance services 24×7 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. 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 has also set up helpline numbers, 0191-2549676 (UT level Cell for J&K), 0191-2520982, 0191-2674444, 0191-2674115 (For Jammu Division), 0194-2440283 and 0194-2430581 (For Kashmir Division). According to the advisory, people have been advised to remain calm and not to panic as the prevention, containment and management of COVID-19 in the UT are being monitored at the highest level and necessary action to protect and safeguard the lives of people have been taken by the Government. People have been requested 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. Surveillance teams are conducting house to house contact tracing of positive cases, people are requested to cooperate with the team members. The general public has been urged to avoid unnecessary visit to hospitals. In case anyone develops fever, cough and difficulty in breathing, seek medical advice promptly by calling on Covid-19 helpline numbers so that they can be provided correct medical advice and directed to the right health facility, if needed. “People must take basic precautions for personal hygiene; frequent hand washing with soap & water; and observing coughing and sneezing etiquettes,” the Government advisory added. Stressing strict adherence of the guidelines, the Advisory urged people to rely only on the information released by the government only and refrain from spreading rumours and pay no heed to them at the same time.
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