J&K: 52 more test positive for Covid-19, tally climbs to 1621

Srinagar (NVI): Jammu and Kashmir Government today said that 52 new coronavirus cases were recorded in the Union Territory today, taking the total number of positive cases to 1621.

The government, in its official bulletin, said that of the total 52 total cases, 22 are from Jammu division and 30 from Kashmir. Out of 1,621 positive cases, 791 are active cases. 809 have recovered and 21 have died of which two deaths were reported in Jammu and 19 in Kashmir.

Moreover, 35 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals, 3 from Jammu division and 32 from Kashmir division.

The daily health bulletin further said that out of 1,30,433 test results available, 1,28,812 samples have been tested negative till May 24.

Additionally, till date, 1,32,594 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance which included 31,816 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 71 in hospital quarantine, 791 in hospital isolation and 28,600 under home surveillance. Besides, 71,295 persons have completed their surveillance period.

Providing district-wise breakup, the bulletin said that Bandipora has 139 positive cases with 9 active cases, 129 recovered, 1 death; Srinagar has 179 positive cases with 48 active cases, 125 recovered (including 6 cases recovered today), 6 deaths; Anantnag district has 273 positive cases (including 1 case reported today), with 160 active, 109 recovered,  4 deaths; Baramulla has 137 positive cases (including 1 case reported today) with 35 active, 98 recovered, 4 deaths; Shopian has 128 positive cases (including 1 case reported today) with 21 active, 107 recovered (including 1 case recovered today).

Kupwara has 164 positive cases (including 1 case reported today) with 94 active, 70 recovered; Budgam has 64 positive cases, with 15 active and 47 recovered cases (including 12 cases recovered today) and 2 deaths; Ganderbal has 27 positive cases with 3 active cases and 24 recoveries (including 9 cases recovered today); Kulgam has 224 positive cases (including 26 reported today), with 207 active and 15 recoveries (including 3 recoveries today) and 2 deaths and Pulwama reported 25 positive cases with 15 active, 10 recovered (including 1 case recovered today).

In Jammu division, district Jammu has 78 positive cases (including 6 cases reported today) with 43 active cases and 34 recoveries (including 3 cases recovered today) and 1 death; Udhampur has 35 positive cases (including 2 cases reported today) with 13 active cases, 21 recovered and 1 death; Samba has 27 positive cases (including 7 cases reported today) with 20 active and 7 recoveries; Rajouri has 13 positive cases (including 3 cases reported today) with 9 active cases and 4 recovered.

Kathua has 45 positive cases (including 4 cases reported today) with 39 active cases and 6 recovered; Kishtwar has 8 positive cases with 7 active cases and 1 recovered; Ramban has 44 positive cases with 43 active and 1 recovered; Reasi has 4 positive cases with 3 active and 1 recovered, Poonch has 6 active cases while Doda has 1 active case.

The bulletin said that the breakup represents districts from which the patients have been traced or are ordinarily residing.

The advisory has informed the public to maintain physical distance of at least two metre from others, frequently cleaning hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitiser or washing them with soap and water besides following good respiratory etiquettes and hygiene which is the best way to protect themselves from COVID-19.

“People are strongly advised to avoid going to crowded places, as they are more likely to come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19 and it is more difficult to maintain physical distance with others at these places”, the bulletin said. As a measure for social distancing in public places and workplaces, wearing a face cover is compulsory.

The bulletin again stressed that early detection of COVID-19 can prevent the spread of disease so all people need to be responsible for the well-being of themselves and everyone around. “Not disclosing symptoms could put life of individuals and their families at risk. In case of symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing, report early. Do not fear, call COVID-19 helpline numbers and seek medical advice,” it read.

The advisory has further exhorted the people not to step out of home, unless absolutely necessary. “If you have to move out for unavoidable reasons, ensure that you wear a mask and practice social distancing, personal hygiene and frequent handwashing with soap and water,” the bulletin stated.

The government said that public is advised to strictly follow the advisories issued by the government from time to time and rely only on the information released by the government through the daily media bulletin to print and electronic media. It said that people are also advised to refrain from spreading rumours and pay no heed to them at the same time.