Jammu, Mar 10 : Jammu and Kashmir Government on Tuesday said that as many as 706 people are under surveillance while 56 suspected samples were tested, 26 were declared negative, one positive and so far 29 reports are still awaited. "In UT of J&K till date, 705 number of travelers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance," an official here told reporters.
He said that 491 people are in Home Quarantine (including some at Yatri Bhawan, Jammu), nine in Hospital Quarantine, 53 in home surveillance while 150 completed their 28 days surveillance period. The official added that as many as 56 samples have been sent for testing, 26 negative, 01 tested positive, 29 reports awaited. UT of J&K has strengthened the Surveillance and Control measures against the disease, he said.
While the helpline nos: +91-0191-2549676 (UT level Cell for J&K), +91-0191-2520982 (For Jammu Division), +91-0194-2440283 (For Kashmir Division) are functional, he said. He further said that Corona- Virus lab testing facilities have been started in Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura, Srinagar and Govt. Medical College Jammu.
"Control rooms and surveillance teams have been constituted across all the districts of the UT to meet any sort of eventuality," he added and said that universal self-declaration made mandatory from March 4, 2020 at Jammu/ Srinagar airports. Screening of travellers started at Lakhanpur and Lower Munda toll posts as well as Jammu, Katra and Udhampur Railway stations, where Health Help Desks have been set up, he added. As Novel CoronaVirus (COVID-19) has no definite treatment so prevention is the best, every person has the capacity to contribute, to protect themselves, to protect others, whether in the home, the community, the healthcare system, the workplace or the transport system, said an official adding that the spread of this virus can be significantly slowed or even reversed through the implementation of robust containment and control activities. Accordingly wide publicity is being done to create awareness in the community through health education messages especially on hand washing, cough etiquette and home isolation by electronic, print media, radio jingles and leaflets etc.
WHO has declared the recent Novel CoronaVirus (COVID-19) epidemic as Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Till date it has affected 115 countries with 114,635 confirmed cases, 4,031 deaths with majority of them in China, Italy, South Korea, Iran. In India, 53 confirmed cases have been detected with 0 (Zero) deaths. (UNI)