COVID-19: One dead in J&K, 13 tests positive, 5,482 under surveillance: Admin

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Government on Thursday informed that so far 13 COVID-19 positive cases have surfaced in Union Territory, out of which one person succumbed and another recovered.
As many as 5, 482 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance.
According to the daily bulletin on novel coronavirus (COVID-19), 3,053 persons have been kept under home quarantine, including at facilities operated by the Government, while as 117 are in hospital quarantine.
Persons who are under home surveillance stood at 1,761 while as 551 persons have completed their 28-day surveillance period.
Further, the bulletin said that 379 samples have been sent for testing, of which 341 tested as negative and 13 cases have tested positive of which one recovered and one died. It said that reports of 25 cases are awaited till March 26.
According to the bulletin, the Government of India has requested for volunteer doctors who are fit and willing to be available for providing their services in the public health facilities and the training hospitals in the near future in case the outbreak leads to a high number of infected individuals.
Retired government, Armed Forces Medical Services, public sector undertaking or private doctors are appealed to come forward in this hour of need.
State Health Society, J&K has also called for hiring of specialists and Medical Officers (MBBS) under NHM in J&K.
General public can contact toll-free national helpline number 1075 for support, guidance, and response to health related queries on Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), it said.
Meanwhile, the government has appealed people to stay in their homes and take the lockdown with utmost sincerity as carelessness of few can throw all others into the grave jeopardy.
Those violating the lockdown orders can face legal action under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, which lays down punishment as per Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, for flouting such orders, the government advisory said.
“Public in general is advised to avoid unnecessary travel and use of public transport. Avoid unnecessary travel and use of public transport; avoid crowded places and large gatherings, do not spit in public. People must take basic precautions for personal hygiene; frequent handwashing with soap and observing coughing and sneezing etiquettes,” the Government advisory added.