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With five more positive active cases of COVID-19 in JK reaches to 70
2000 contacts of positive cases identified; 975 traced, tested: Rohit Kansal
4/4/2020 12:18:01 AM
Jehangir Rashid


SRINAGAR, Apr 3: As five more persons today tested positive for Corona Virus the number of people affected by COVID-19 in the union territory of Jammu & Kashmir are 75. More than 75 percent of the cases in Jammu & Kashmir have been reported from Kashmir valley.
Out of the 75 cases three persons have recovered while as two persons both belonging to the Kashmir division have died. As such the active cases of the Corona Virus in the union territory are 70. Out of the active cases 54 are in Kashmir division and 16 are in Jammu division.
Addressing a press conference, Principal Secretary Planning, Rohit Kansal said that with the addition of five new cases today the number of positive COVID-19 cases has reached 75 in Jammu & Kashmir. Kansal said out of 75 cases 70 are active cases (54 in Kashmir Division and 16 in Jammu division) adding that 22,993 cases are under surveillance.
Kansal who is also the government spokesperson said that out of 75 positive cases three cases (two from Jammu Division and one from Kashmir Division) have recovered and there is every likelihood that one more case will recover very soon. He said that 1218 tests have been conducted which is 6.5 percent of total under surveillance.
“Nearly 2000 contacts of positive cases have been identified of which 975 have been traced and tested. He reassured that all the identified contacts will be traced and tested for COVID-19. He said. We plan to test every single one of the 2000 contacts that we have identified,” said Kansal.
The government spokesman said that in all 34 hotspots/red zones have been identified of which 24 are in Kashmir Division and 10 in Jammu Division. These include seven in Pulwama, four in Bandipora, four in Budgam, five in Srinagar, two in Shopian, one each in Ganderbal and Baramulla in Kashmir Division. Four in Jammu district, five in Rajouri and one in Udhampur district of Jammu Division.
“Steps have been initiated to enhance and upgrade the health infrastructure in UT and said that 68 new medical professional including doctors/specialists/paramedics/medical officers/nurses have joined their respective duties. Government is also procuring masks, PPEs and ventilators to augment the existing health infrastructure and every possible effort is being made to ensure that there is no shortage of manpower in the health sector,” said Kansal.
The government spokesman assured that adequate arrangements have been made to ensure sufficient supply of essential commodities. The NH 44 Highway has been reopened and made functional and nearly 800 trucks and tankers have crossed Jawahar Tunnel carrying essential goods to the valley. He said that supply of fruits and vegetables has also reached the valley.
“Since the beginning of lockdown upto 8 AM in the morning, 5037 trucks carrying essential goods containing foodgrains (1579), LPG (384), POL tankers (123), fruits and vegetables (1530), medicines and health supply (180), milk (180), cattle feed /fodder 372 have entered J&K from Lakhanpur,” said Kansal.
The government spokesman said that 248 local industrial units have been made operational. These include units manufacturing animal feed, pharmaceutical products, surgical bandage, masks, hospital gowns besides eatables like flour, rice and edible oil.
Kansal said that the government is aware of hardships being faced by the old and vulnerable sections of the society due to the ongoing lockdown. The Social Welfare Department is reaching out to nearly 30 lakh people including pensioners, residents of Bal Grehs, old age homes, Juvenile Homes and nearly 30,000 children belonging to the disadvantaged section of the society.
He said that the JMC has already started preparing disinfectant tunnels. To begin with he said that they will be installed in the Hospitals and later the facility will be extended to other public places and buildings.
Deliberating on the Advisory issued by the Principal Scientific Advisor regarding the importance of masks in containing the spread of COVID-19, Kansal said that J&K Government has decided to educate the public about the usage of masks. He said that different categories require different kinds of masks.
“Health Workers and Frontline Professionals including people dealing with essential services require specialized masks while others may not require such specialized masks. We will ensure that required quantity of masks is supplied to each category. The Rural development Department has been assigned the responsibility to prepare cotton masks through the engagement of Self Help Groups, NGOs and others who are willing to volunteer,” said Kansal.
The government spokesman said that AYUSH Ministry has also issued advisory regarding use of immunity boosters to fight COVID-19 effectively. He said that government will ensure that all these immunity boosting products are made available to the people.
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