JAMMU, August 01, 2020: The Government on Friday informed that 490 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19), 143 from Jammu division and 347 from Kashmir division, have been reported today thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 20359. Also 12 COVID-19 deaths have been reported; 02 from Jammu division and 10 from Kashmir Division.

Moreover, 375 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals, 78 from Jammu Division and 297 from Kashmir Division.

According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Corona virus (Covid-19), out of 20359 positive cases, 7765 are Active Positive, 12217 have recovered and 377 have died; 28 in Jammu division and 349 in Kashmir division.

The Bulletin further said that out of 637515 test results available, 617156 samples have been tested as negative till July 31, 2020.

Additionally, till date 368806 travelers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for observation which included 46478 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 6 in Hospital Quarantine, 7765 in hospital isolation and 40732 under home surveillance. Besides, 273448 persons have completed their surveillance period.

Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Bandipora has 733 positive cases (including 22 cases reported today) with 256 Active Positive, 464 recovered (including 12 cases recovered today) and 13 deaths; Srinagar has 4786 positive cases (including 128 cases reported today) with 2711 Active Positive, 1955 recovered (including 68 cases recovered today), 120 deaths; Anantnag district has 1299 positive cases (including 21 cases reported today) with 256 Active Positive, 1019 recovered (including 25 cases recovered today), 24 deaths; Baramulla has 1901 positive cases (including 24 cases reported today) with 514 Active Positive, 1319 recovered (including 10 cases recovered today), 68 deaths; Shopian has 1430 positive cases (including 08 cases reported today) with 209 Active Positive, 1198 recovered (including 67 cases recovered today) and 23 deaths; Kupwara has 1094 positive cases (including 09 cases reported today) with 237 Active Positive, 837 recovered (including 46 cases recovered today) and 20 deaths; Budgam has 1277 positive cases (including 29 cases reported today) with 533 Active Positive and 717 recovered cases (including 17 cases recovered today) and 27 deaths; Ganderbal has 411 positive cases (including 10 cases reported today) with 134 active positive cases and 271 recoveries (including 11 cases recovered today) and 06 deaths; Kulgam has 1504 positive cases (including 11 cases reported today) with 276 Active Positive and 1200 recoveries (including 32 cases recovered today) and 28 deaths and Pulwama reported 1480 positive cases (including 85 cases reported today) with 726 active positive cases and 734 recovered (including 09 cases recovered today) and 20 deaths.

Similarly, Jammu has 1070 positive cases (including 43 cases reported today) with 477 active positive cases and 574 recoveries (including 29 cases recovered today) and 19 deaths; Udhampur has 460 positive cases (including 24 cases reported today) with 124 active positive cases, 335 recovered (including 07 cases recovered today) and 01 death; Samba has 425 positive cases (including 18 cases reported today) with 172 Active Positive and 252 recoveries (including 09 cases recovered today) and 01 death; Rajouri has 670 positive cases (including 24 cases reported today) with 418 active positive cases and 250 recovered (including 04 cases recovered today) and 02 deaths; Kathua has 522 positive cases (including 11 cases reported today) with 178 Active positive and 343 recovered (including 13 cases recovered today) and 01 death; Kishtwar has 137 positive cases (including 01 case reported today) with 82 active positive cases and 55 recovered (including 01 recovery today); Ramban has 535 positive cases (including 01 case reported today) with 179 active positive and 355 recoveries (including 15 cases recovered today) and 01 death; Reasi has 146 positive cases (including 20 case reported today) with 88 active positive and 58 recovered; Poonch has 210 positive cases (including 01 case reported today) with 67 active positive and 142 recoveries and 01 death while Doda has 269 positive cases with 128 active positive cases and 139 recoveries and 02 deaths.

According to the bulletin, of the total 20359 positive cases in J&K 4337 have been reported as travelers while 16022 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 Corona virus 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.