JAMMU, JULY 22, 2020: The Government on Wednesday informed that 453 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19), 101 from Jammu division and 352 from Kashmir division, have been reported today thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 15711. Also 10 COVID-19 deaths have been reported from Kashmir Division.

Moreover, 152 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals, 37 from Jammu Division and 115 from Kashmir Division.

According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Corona virus (Covid-19), out of 15711 positive cases, 6831 are Active Positive, 8607 have recovered and 273 have died; 20 in Jammu division and 253 in Kashmir division.

The Bulletin further said that out of 537891 test results available, 522180 samples have been tested as negative till July 22, 2020.

Additionally, till date 341263 travelers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for observation which included 39981 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 11 in Hospital Quarantine, 6831 in hospital isolation and 41784 under home surveillance. Besides, 252383 persons have completed their surveillance period.

Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Bandipora has 483 positive cases (including 05 cases reported today) with 106 Active Positive, 370 recovered (including 18 cases recovered today) and 07 deaths; Srinagar has 3450 positive cases (including 165 cases reported today) with 2126 Active Positive, 1253 recovered, 71 deaths; Anantnag district has 1098 positive cases (including 01 case reported today), with 363 Active Positive, 716 recovered, 19 deaths; Baramulla has 1709 positive cases (including 58 cases reported today) with 704 Active Positive, 948 recovered (including 26 cases recovered today), 57 deaths; Shopian has 1184 positive cases (including 16 cases reported today) with 361 Active Positive, 804 recovered (including 20 cases recovered today) and 19 deaths; Kupwara has 976 positive cases (including 11 cases reported today) with 363 Active Positive, 598 recovered (including 10 cases recovered today) and 15 deaths; Budgam has 950 positive cases (including 04 cases reported today) with 430 Active Positive and 500 recovered cases (including 20 cases recovered today) and 20 deaths; Ganderbal has 307 positive cases with 163 active positive cases and 139 recoveries (including 13 cases recovered today) and 05 deaths; Kulgam has 1248 positive cases (including 62 cases reported today) with 354 Active Positive and 868 recoveries (including 04 cases recovered today) and 26 deaths and Pulwama reported 1072 positive cases (including 30 cases reported today) with 520 active positive cases and 538 recovered (including 04 cases recovered today) and 14 deaths.

Similarly, Jammu has 665 positive cases (including 14 cases reported today) with 194 active positive cases and 459 recoveries (including 19 cases recovered today) and 12 deaths; Udhampur has 375 positive cases (including 08 cases reported today) with 75 active positive cases, 299 recovered and 01 death; Samba has 344 positive cases (including 04 cases reported today) with 167 Active Positive and 176 recoveries and 01 death; Rajouri has 486 positive cases (including 47 cases reported today) with 365 active positive cases and 119 recovered and 02 deaths; Kathua has 396 positive cases (including 10 cases reported today) with 119 Active positive and 276 recovered (including 07 cases recovered today) and 01 death; Kishtwar has 90 positive cases with 61 active positive cases and 29 recovered; Ramban has 419 positive cases with 177 active positive and 242 recoveries (including 06 cases recovered today); Reasi has 94 positive cases (including 08 cases reported today) with 49 active positive and 45 recovered; Poonch has 159 positive cases (including 04 cases reported today) with 27 active positive and 131 recoveries (including 05 cases recovered today) and 01 death while Doda has 206 positive cases (including 06 cases reported today) with 107 active positive cases and 97 recoveries and 02 deaths.

According to the bulletin, of the total 15711 positive cases in J&K 3605 have been reported as travelers while 12106 as others.

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

The bulletin has informed the people that, the best way to protect themselves from COVID-19 is by maintaining physical distance of at least 2 metre from others, frequently cleaning hands with an alcohol based hand sanitizer or washing them with soap and water and following good respiratory etiquette and hygiene.

As a measure for social distancing in public places and workplaces wearing a face cover is compulsory.

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”.

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.