Contact of Covid-19 patient among 6 test negative, 3938 under surveillance in JK
Srinagar, Mar 22: Six samples suspected to contain novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have tested negative in Kashmir Valley even as six more persons were admitted to isolation facilities in CD hospital on Sunday.
Nodal officer for coronavirus control at SKIMS, Dr G H Yatoo said that three test reports were received and included that of a contact of covid-19 patient who was admitted to SKIMS hospital on late Saturday evening.
Dr Yatoo, who is also HoD hospital administration of SKIMS, also informed that no person was admitted today at the isolation facility set up at the tertiary care hospital.
Meanwhile, HOD CD Hospital Srinagar Dr. Naveed Nazir Shah said that six more persons with symptoms like coronoavirus were admitted to the isolation facility set up at the hospital.
He said three sample reports were received and all of them came to be negative.
So far, only one person, a 67-year-old woman from Srinagar’s Khaniyar area, has tested positive for the coronavirus in Kashmir Valley. The number of such patients in Jammu is three.
Meanwhile the Government informed that 3938 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for observation.
According to the daily media bulletin on novel coronavirus (COVID-19) 2727 persons have been kept under home quarantine while as 59 are in hospital quarantine.
Persons who are under home surveillance stand at 690 while as 462 persons have completed their 28-day surveillance period.
It said that 240 samples have been sent for testing of which 229 tested came out to be negative and only four cases have tested positive, so far while as seven reports are awaited.
Meanwhile, a 24×7 toll free national helpline number 1075 has been activated for support, guidance, and response to health related queries on novel coronavirus disease. The government of Jammu and Kashmir has also set up helpline numbers in this regard: 0191-2549676(UT level Cell for J&K), 0191-2520982(Jammu Division),0194-2440283 and 0194-2430581(Kashmir Division).
The government has appealed that any person with travel history to COVID-19 affected countries or person in contact with such a traveller, whether they are having symptoms or not, must remain in 14 days home quarantine. If any person feels unwell having cough, fever or difficulty in breathing that person should avoid exposure to others and seek medical care at the earliest.
The Government has also urged the general public to maintain social distancing as it is the key to stop and prevent the spread of Covid-19 from those who are infected.
“The intervention includes remaining out of crowded settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible,” the Government advisory said.
Further, the Government has appealed people to not panic and take care of health and protect others.
“Public in general is advised to avoid un-necessary travel and use of public transport. Avoid un-necessary 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. (GNS)