Srinagar, Sept 23: Keeping in view an uptick in the COVID-19 positive cases, the DHSK today directed the healthcare institutions to limit the number of visitors and attendants.
In a circular issued here, the DHSK said it is impressed upon all Chief Medical Officers, Medical Superintendents, Block Medical Officers, in charge of Private hospitals & Clinical Establishments to limit the number of attendants to a maximum of one accompanying per patient and no visitors should be allowed.
“All the in-charges of Government hospitals/private hospitals/Nursing homes and Clinical Establishment are directed to nominate one Nodal Officer for ensuring adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behavior (CAB) and the instructions in letter & spirit,” it said.
The Circular added that the list of the Nodal Officers shall be submitted to this office within one day positively including Private hospitals/Nursing homes and Clinical Establishment
“It said that the step has been taken to put a check on the inflow of attendants and visitors in all health Institutions (Government /Private/Clinical Establishment) which is becoming the source of spread of infection especially COVID-19, to prevent the spread of infections”, the circular read.
In the meantime, Kashmir today reported 151 fresh cases of COVID-19.
Those who tested positive include 67 from Srinagar, 36 from Baramulla, 14 from Budgam, 10 from Pulwama, 1 from Kupwara, 1 from Anantnag, 3 from Bandipora, 15 from Ganderbal, 3 from Kulgam and 1 from Shopian.
The number of cases in Kashmir division has reached 205,009 including 201,399 recoveries and 2,247 deaths.
The total number of active cases in Jammu and Kashmir are 1,617 including 1,363 from Kashmir division.
With 91 more recoveries, the tally of total recoveries in Jammu and Kashmir has reached 322,554, which is 98.16 percent of the total cases.
Meanwhile, 21 cases were reported in the Jammu region including eight in Doda district, four Jammu, two each in Rajouri, Poonch and Ramban and one each in Reasi, Kishtwar and Kathua districts.
Udhampur and Samba districts didn’t report any new cases.
Thirteen persons today recovered from the virus leaving number of active positive cases in the region to 254.
Six new COVID positive cases in Ladakh were reported from Leh district while no new cases were reported from Kargil.
Ladakh now has 148 active positive cases including 144 in Leh and four in Kargil.