21 policemen, medical intern 2 pregnant ladies among 59 fresh cases
51 in Kashmir, 8 in Jammu; J&K tally 1449
745 active positive, 684 recover
Precious Kashmir News/KNT
Srinagar, May 21: The death toll due to COVID-19 infection mounted to 20 in J&K on Thursday as Kashmir recorded two more deaths, even as 59 more people tested positive for the deadly virus.
A local news agency KNT reported that both the deceased were elderly women from Budgam and Srinagar districts. Of 20 deaths so far, 18 are from Kashmir, 2 from Jammu region.
Medical Superintendent, CD Hospital, Dr Salim Tak told the news agency that an elderly female patient above 70 years of age died in the hospital due to COVID pneumonia. He said the patient hails from Parisabad area of Budgam. “She was suffering from chronic lung pneumonia and was declared COVID-19 positive. The patient was shifted from SMHS Hospital to CD Hospital on 18 May,” he added.
Another elderly woman died at SMHS Hospital on Wednesday evening was tested positive for Covid-19 after her death. The 80-year-old woman from Usmania Colony Bemina area of Srinagar city was admitted in SMHS Hospital on May 19 and she died today.
Nodal Officer for Coronavirus at SMHS Hospital, Dr Saleem told news agency KNT that woman was suffering from acute pneumonia and hypertension. “Her body was kept at moratorium at GMC Srinagar and today her test for COVID-19 was found positive. Proper COVID protocol will be followed while performing her last rites,” Dr Saleem said.
Meanwhile, the government informed that 59 new positive cases of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), 8 from Jammu division and 51 from Kashmir division, were reported on Thursday, thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 1449.
Officials said that fresh cases include 21 policemen, a medical intern and 2 pregnant ladies.
According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), out of 1449 positive cases, 745 are Active Positive, 684 have recovered and 20 have died.
Moreover, 06 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals, 03 from Jammu division and 03 from Kashmir Division.
The Bulletin further said that out of 107108 test results available, 105659 samples have been tested as negative till May 21, 2020.
Additionally, till date 125866 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance which included 33586 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 57 in Hospital Quarantine, 745 in hospital isolation and 21893 under home surveillance. Besides, 69565 persons have completed their surveillance period.
Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Bandipora has 137 positive cases with 08 Active Positive, 128 recovered, 01 death; Srinagar has 174 positive cases (including 05 cases reported today) with 71 Active Positive, 97 recovered, 06 deaths; Anantnag district has 264 positive cases (including 12 cases reported today), with 171 Active Positive, 89 recovered, 04 deaths; Baramulla has 129 positive cases with 34 Active Positive, 91 recovered, 04 deaths; Shopian has 109 positive cases with 11 Active Positive, 98 recovered; Kupwara has 125 positive cases (including 07 cases reported today) with 77 Active Positive, 48 recovered; Budgam has 62 positive cases (including 04 cases reported today), with 30 Active Positive and 30 recovered cases and 02 death; Ganderbal has 27 positive cases (including 02 cases reported today) with 12 Active cases and 15 recoveries; Kulgam has 192 positive cases (including 21 reported today), with 181 Active Positive and 10 recoveries and 01 death and Pulwama reported 19 positive cases with 10 active positive, 09 recovered (including 03 cases recoveries reported today).
Similarly, Jammu has 68 positive cases (including 01 cases reported today) with 36 active positive cases and 31 recoveries and 01 death; Udhampur has 33 positive cases with 11 active positive case, 21 recovered and 01 death; Samba has 16 positive cases with 10 Active Positive and 06 recoveries; Rajouri has 08 positive cases with 04 active positive cases and 04 recovered; Kathua has 40 positive cases (including 03 cases reported today) with 36 Active positive and 04 recovered (including 03 cases recoveries reported today); Kishtwar has 07 positive cases (including 01 cases reported today) with 06 active positive case and 01 recovered; Ramban has 30 positive cases (including 03 cases reported today) with 29 active positive and 01 recovered; Reasi has 04 positive cases with 03 active positive and 01 recovered, Poonch has 04 active positive cases while Doda has 01 active positive 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 people that offices and other workplaces are relatively close setting with shared spaces and thus COVID-19 infection can spread relatively fast among officials, staffs and visitors. The basic preventive measures need to be observed by all employees and visitors at all times; Physical distancing of at least two meter to be followed at all times, use of face covers/masks to be mandatory, practice frequent hand washing (for at least 40-60 seconds) even when hands are not visibly dirty and use of alcohol based hand sanitizers (for at least 20 seconds), respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed which involves strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue/handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing off used tissues properly besides Self-monitoring of health by all and reporting any illness at the earliest.
The bulletin again explained that early detection of COVID-19 can prevent the spread of disease so we need to be responsible for the well-being of ourselves and everyone around us. “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”.
As a measure for social distancing in public places and workplaces wearing a face cover is compulsory.
Advisory has further exhorted upon 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.”
In case of any emergency people can avail free ambulance services 24×7 at their doorsteps by calling on toll-free number 108 while as pregnant women and sick infants can avail free ambulance services by dialling toll-free number 102.
People can also call on 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).
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.
People are also advised to refrain from spreading rumours and pay no heed to them at the same time.