MIRPUR - After 44 new positive cases of coronavirus appeared in Azad Jammu Kashmir  during last 24 hours, the total number of the cases tested positive across the state reached to 488 on  Wednesday, it was officially said.

The official statement released to the media here Wednesday  evening on the updated situation of pandemic in AJK by the State Health Services authorities confirmed the registration of 44 new cases in AJK – which include 15 in Muzaffarabad district, 06 in Rawalakot, 07 in Mirpur,   09 in Bhimbher and 07 in Kotli district. 

It may be added that the pandemic has so far claimed   09  casualties in entire Azad Jammu Kashmir which include 05 in Muzaffarabad district,  02 in Mirpur district and one each in Palandri and Rawalakot districts.

At present a total of  260 patients tested positive, were  receiving treatment in various state-controlled health facilities /  isolation centers at present in various parts of the AJK state, the health authorities  said.

At the same time, after the complete recovery 02 more patients were discharged from the health facilities at various parts of AJK on Wednesday – raising the total number of the patients discharged so far across AJK to 219, the AJK Health authorities disclosed.

A  total of 371 new cases suspected of the pandemic, were tested in entire Azad Jammu Kashmir on Wednesday.

At the same time a total of 217  COVID-19  patients  have been recovered and discharged after due medicare in various health facilities  by  Wednesday.

According to the Health Authorities a total of 9573 suspected cases from various parts of the State  were sent for test,  of which  the results of   9520  had been received with 488 positive cases in the State.

Out of the total of 488 corona virus positive cases, 219 were fully recovered and discharged from different health facilities and the state-run  isolation centers  in various parts of the state by  Wednesday, the authorities said.

 At the same time AJK Health authorities said in a statement late Wednesday that a total of 8749 persons  were tested negative for COVID-19 while results of  53 cases are awaited which were scheduled to reach in a day or two next.

A total of 58 Quarantine centers are constantly engaged in serving the pandemic-hit suspects for their recovery in all ten districts of Azad Jammu Kashmir.

District Rapid Response teams with the coordination of the State Health Department mobile medicos  were continuing  the screening of all new entrants at all 07 entry / exit points in AJK including Gujrat-Bhimbher entry point besides Mangla, Dadayal, Holar, Azad Pattan, Kohala and Garhi Habib Ullah, according to  the AJK Health Authorities.