38 positive with 2 recoveries, 6,465 persons under observation
STATE TIMES NEWSSrinagar/Jammu: While five people tested positive for coronavirus in Kashmir on Sunday, taking the total number of cases to 38, a patient suffering from Covid succumbed this morning taking the death toll to two in Jammu and Kashmir. Of the five cases, two each were reported from Srinagar and Budgam districts, while another from north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. “Five more positive cases confirmed in Kashmir,” government spokesperson Rohit Kansal said in a tweet. Of the total 38 cases, 29 have been reported from the valley, while nine from Jammu region. Two patients, both from the valley, died, while two have recovered. A 65-year-old man who had tested positive for the coronavirus died at a hospital here in Srinagar this morning, taking the death toll due to COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir to two, officials said. The man, hailing from the Tangmarg area in Baramulla district, had tested positive for the coronavirus at SMHS hospital on Saturday where he was undergoing treatment, they said. The officials said he was shifted to the Chest Diseases Hospital after testing positive but died early Sunday morning. With this the death toll due to the pandemic in the union territory has risen to two. A 65-year-old man had died of coronavirus on Thursday. In its daily Medical Bulletin, the administration has informed that 6465 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance across Jammu and Kashmir. Of these 3260 persons have been kept under home quarantine while as 307 are in hospital quarantine. Persons who are under home surveillance stand at 2163 while as 735 persons have completed their 28-day surveillance period. The Bulletin further said that 588 samples have been sent for testing of which 542 tested as negative while as 8 reports are awaited till March 29, 2020. Urging people to stay calm and not to panic, the advisory said Government has undertaken aggressive contact tracing and testing campaign to detect Covid-19 positive cases for taking necessary preventive measures for containment of spread that is why the number of confirmed positive cases is increasing. Giving the details about Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package and Insurance Scheme for Health Workers Fighting COVID-19′, advisory said it will provide an insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh for ninety (90) days to public healthcare providers, including community health workers, who may have to be in direct contact and care of COVID-19 patients and who may be at risk of being impacted by this pandemic. Appealing people to lend their support in fighting the disease, the advisory called for strict implementation of social distancing measures, disclosure of travel history to covid-19 affected countries / areas and reporting any contact with positive cases voluntarily. In case of any emergency people 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 dialing toll free No. 102. Similarly, people can also call toll free national helpline number 1075; J&K Covid-19 Helpline Numbers 0191-2549676 (UT 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). Stressing on need to avoid un-necessary travel, advisory urged public not to visit crowded places and avoid large gatherings, not to spit in public. People must also take basic precautions for personal hygiene; frequent hand washing with soap & water; and observing coughing and sneezing etiquettes.
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