COVID- 19: ‘Trace all suspected cases, ensure no high risk person is left out’, Centre to JK Govt

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By Fast Kashmir on 26/03/2020.

COVID- 19: ‘Trace all suspected cases, ensure no high risk person is left out’, Centre to JK Govt
Srinagar, Mar 26: In the wake of surge in deadly coronavirus cases in Jammu and Kashmir, the Central government has asked Jammu and Kashmir government to ensure that all suspected cases would be traced to break the chain of Covid-19 transmission across the Union territory.
The letter in possession of Kashmir Indepth News Service (KINS) written by central government reads that it has been noted that there is an increasing trend in cases being reported in the country.
A 65 year- old man infected with the coronavirus died at chest disease (CD) hospital here in Srinagar on Thursday, recorded first death in the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
The government Wednesday had said that 5124 travelers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance and so far 13 cases tested positive (10 active positive and 01 recovered) in Jammu and Kashmir.
The government has also said that 3061 persons have been kept under home quarantined while as 80 are in hospital quarantine.
In its letter, Union cabinet secretary Gauba asked the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary, “It is absolutely essential that surveillance and contact tracing of all positive cases is taken up and no suspected or high risk person is left out.
While appreciating the proactive steps taken by the States in this regard, I would like to highlight that there has been an increasing trend in cases being reported. You would agree that at this juncture we need to further enhance our efforts in respect of surveillance and contact tracing of positive cases in order to break the chain of transmission,” the letter reads.
“I would therefore, request you to suitably supplement your state and district surveillance teams as well as the rapid response teams. I would also like to reiterate that as discussed during the Video Conference on March 22, 2020, you should immediately identify and earmark hospitals dedicated for management of COVID-19 cases and ensure that they are in a state of full readiness to deal with the situation, in the event of a further spike in number of confirmed cases”.
The Union cabinet secretary has requested the Chief Secretary to personally review the action in respect of surveillance and contact tracing measures as well as identification and preparation of dedicated hospitals.
It has said that the details in this regard may kindly be uploaded on the Health Online Portal of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. (KINS)

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