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18 fresh Covid-19 cases take J&K’s tally to 879

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Srinagar: Eighteen people tested positive for COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, bringing the number of cases to 879 in the Union Territory, officials said.

Of the fresh cases, 12 are from the Kashmir Valley and six from the Jammu region, the officials said.

The officials said the total number of cases in Jammu and Kashmir has now reached 879.

“Of these, 802 are in Kashmir, while 77 are in the Jammu region,” they added.

A laboratory technician at a government hospital is among the cases detected on Monday, said Dr Salim Khan, nodal officer, COVID-19 at Government Medical College Srinagar.

The officials said 427 patients have recovered from the infection so far, leaving 442 active cases in the UT — 421 in Kashmir and 21 in Jammu.

Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed 10 coronavirus-related deaths.

44 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals of Kashmir Division, said the officials.

The officials further said that out of 51334 test results available, 50455 samples have tested as negative till May 11, 2020.

They said that 95419 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance which included 22708 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 190 in Hospital Quarantine, 442 in hospital isolation and 10188 under home surveillance. Besides, 61881 persons have completed their surveillance period.

Providing district-wise breakup, the officials said that Bandipora has 134 positive cases with 26 Active Positive, 107 recovered (including 32 recoveries today), 01 death; Srinagar has 136 positive cases with 56 Active Positive, 76 recovered, 04 deaths; Anantnag district has 123 positive cases with 110 Active Positive, 12 recovered (including 09 recoveries today),  01 death; Baramulla has 109 positive cases (including 01 reported today) with 61 Active Positive, 45 recovered, 03 deaths; Shopian has 103 positive cases with 52 Active Positive, 51 recovered; Kupwara has 73 positive cases with 30 Active Positive, 43 recovered (including 01 recovery today); Budgam has 46 positive cases with 32 Active Positive and 14 recovered cases (including 01recovery today); Ganderbal has 23 positive cases with 09 Active case and 14 recoveries; Kulgam has 42 positive cases (including 11 cases reported today) with 36 Active Positive and  06 recoveries ((including 01 recovery today); Pulwama reported 13 positive cases with 09 active positive, 04 recovered.

Similarly, Jammu has 35 positive cases (including 03 new cases reported today) with 09 active positive cases and 26 recoveries; Udhampur has 22 positive cases with 02 active positive case, 19 recovered and 01 death; Samba has 07 positive cases with 03 Active Positive and 04 recoveries; Rajouri has 04 positive cases and all have recovered; Kathua has 06 positive cases (including 03 reported today) with 05 Active positive and 01 recovered; Kishtwar had only 01 positive case who has recovered while Ramban and Reasi have 01 active positive case each.

After son, Covid-19 claims father too

Srinagar: A man, whose son died of COVID-19 last week, too succumbed to the disease on Monday, taking the pandemic death toll in Jammu and Kashmir to 10, officials said here.

“The 60-year-old man, who was suffering from pancreatic cancer, died this morning. He too had tested positive for COVID-19 recently,” an official said.

He said the man, hailing from Alamgari Bazar area of the city, had lost his 34-year-old son to the disease on May 7.

This is the tenth death due to coronavirus infection in Jammu and Kashmir and fourth in Srinagar, the official said.

Avoid drinking methanol, ethanol or bleach: Advisory cautions public

Srinagar: The UT administration has issued an advisory cautioning the Public that, drinking methanol, ethanol or bleach DOES NOT prevent or cure COVID-19 and can be extremely dangerous. Methanol, ethanol, and bleach are poisons and drinking them can lead to disability and death.

“Methanol, ethanol, and bleach are sometimes used in cleaning products to kill the virus on surfaces – however you should never drink them. They will not kill the virus in your body but will harm your internal organs. To protect yourself against COVID-19, disinfect objects and surfaces, especially the ones you touch regularly. You can use diluted bleach or other disinfectants for that. Make sure you clean your hands frequently and thoroughly and avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose,” said the advisory.

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