The Government on Thursday informed that 551 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19), 197 from Jammu division and 354 from Kashmir division, have been reported today thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 93764. Also 11 COVID-19 deaths have been reported; 04 from Jammu division and 07 from Kashmir Division.
Moreover, 588 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals including 264 from Jammu Division and 324 from Kashmir Division.
According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Corona virus (Covid-19), out of 93764 positive cases, 6928 are Active Positive, 85370 have recovered and 1466 have died; 491 in Jammu division and 975 in Kashmir division.
The Bulletin further said that out of 2261736 test results available, 2167972 samples have been tested as negative till October 29, 2020.
Till date 654280 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 16591 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 6928 in isolation and 45229 in home surveillance. Besides, 584066 persons have completed their surveillance period.
Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Srinagar has 19104 positive cases (including 127 cases reported today) with 1621 Active Positive, 17131 recovered (including 153 cases recovered today), 352 deaths; Baramulla has 5880 positive cases (including 85 cases reported today) with 1495 Active Positive, 4241 recovered (including 46 cases recovered today), 144 deaths; Pulwama reported 4628 positive cases (including 19 cases reported today) with 197 active positive cases, 4351 recovered (including 20 cases recovered today), 80 deaths; Kulgam has 2479 positive cases (including 13 cases reported today) with 94 Active Positive, 2339 recoveries (including 09 cases recovered today), 46 deaths; Shopian has 2188 positive cases (including 02 cases reported today) with 88 Active Positive, 2065 recovered and 35 deaths; Anantnag district has 4212 positive cases (including 10 cases reported today) with 243 Active Positive, 3895 recovered (including 31 cases recovered today), 74 deaths; Budgam has 5948 positive cases (including 22 cases reported today) with 292 Active Positive and 5562 recovered (including 22 cases recovered today), 94 deaths; Kupwara has 4394 positive cases (including 44 cases reported today) with 417 Active Positive, 3905 recovered (including 22 cases recovered today), 72 deaths; Bandipora has 4017 positive cases (including 11 cases reported today) with 226 Active Positive, 3745 recovered (including 16 cases recovered today), 46 deaths and Ganderbal has 3505 positive cases (including 21 cases reported today) with 207 active positive cases, 3266 recoveries (including 05 cases recovered today) and 32 deaths.
Similarly, Jammu has 17349 positive cases (including 109 cases reported today) with 849 active positive cases, 16246 recoveries (including 120 cases recovered today), 254 deaths; Rajouri has 3185 positive cases (including 03 cases reported today) with 70 active positive cases, 3068 recovered (including 18 cases recovered today), 47 deaths; Ramban has 1583 positive cases (including 08 cases reported today) with 67 active positive, 1503 recoveries (including 02 cases recovered today) and 13 deaths; Kathua has 2425 positive cases (including 15 cases reported today) with 56 Active positive, 2338 recovered (including 08 cases recovered today), 31 deaths; Udhampur has 2670 positive cases (including 21 cases reported today) with 110 active positive cases, 2528 recovered (including 15 cases reported today) and 32 deaths; Samba has 2162 positive cases (including 07 cases reported today) with 258 Active Positive, 1879 recoveries (including 48 cases recovered today) and 25 deaths; Doda has 2640 positive cases (including 12 cases reported today) with 133 active positive cases, 2462 recoveries (including 09 cases recovered today), 45 deaths; Poonch has 2239 positive cases (including 08 cases reported today) with 242 active positive, 1975 recoveries (including 15 cases reported today), 22 deaths; Reasi has 1266 positive cases (including 08 cases reported today) with 111 active positive, 1147 recoveries and 08 deaths while Kishtwar has 1890 positive cases (including 06 cases reported today) with 152 active positive cases and 1724 recoveries (including 29 cases recovered today) and 14 deaths.
According to the bulletin, of the total 93764 positive cases in J&K 9714 have been reported as travellers while 84050 as others.
The Bulletin said that the breakup represents districts from which the patients have been traced or are ordinarily residing.
The bulletin added that there are 1306 COVID dedicated beds, 1170 Isolation beds with 1069 vacant beds and 136 ICU beds where 105 beds are vacant in Jammu division while there are 2345 COVID dedicated beds, 2197 Isolation beds where 1789 beds are vacant and 148 ICU beds where 127 are vacant beds in Kashmir division. There are a total of 3651 COVID dedicated beds, 3367 Isolation beds with 2858 beds vacant and 284 ICU beds with 232 vacant beds in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Central Government is continuously monitoring the evolving situation of Covid-19 in the Union Territory and is providing all necessary support towards effective containment of the spread of Covid-19 and better clinical management of positive cases.
The government has also started free tele-consultation general OPD services by Specialists/MBBS Doctors for the residents of J&K under National Tele-consultation Service. People can avail these services from Home by registering online on web portal https://esanjeevaniopd.in/. The services are available on Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. People can also download and install esanjeevani OPD app from google play store.
Besides, 24×7 Rapid Antigen Testing facility for COVID-19 has been started outside the emergency of GMC Hospital Jammu .The facility will be very useful for segregation of patients in emergency wing of GMC Jammu.
Meanwhile, a 24×7 COVID Control Room has been set up for redressal of the grievances related to COVID-19 positive patients admitted in the Associated Hospitals of Government Medical College, Jammu and Government Hospital, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu. Patients or attendants can call at 0191– 258 5444 (Control Room), Exchange: 0191-258 2626 / 258 5542 / 258 4290 /258 4291 / 258 4292 / 258 4293/ 258 4294 for assistance.
The bulletin has informed the people that, the best way to protect themselves from COVID-19 is by maintaining physical distance of at least 2 meter from others, frequently cleaning hands with an alcohol based hand sanitizer or washing them with soap and water and following good respiratory etiquette and hygiene.
As a measure for social distancing in public places and workplaces wearing a face cover is compulsory.
The bulletin again explained that early detection of COVID-19 can prevent the spread of disease so we need to be responsible for the well-being of ourselves and everyone around us. “Not disclosing symptoms could put life of individuals and their families at risk. In case of symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing report early. Do not fear, call COVID-19 helpline numbers and seek medical advice”.
Advisory has further exhorted upon the people not to step out of home, unless absolutely necessary. “If you have to move out for unavoidable reasons, ensure that you wear a mask and practice social distancing, personal hygiene and frequent hand washing with soap and water.”
In case of any emergency people can avail free ambulance services 24×7 at their doorsteps by calling on toll-free number 108 while as pregnant women and sick infants can avail free ambulance services by dialing toll-free number 102.
People can also call on toll-free national helpline number 1075; J&K COVID-19 Helpline Numbers 0191- 2549676 (UT level Cell), 0191-2520982, 0191-2674444, 0191-2674115 (For Jammu Division), 0194-2440283 & 0194-2430581 (For Kashmir Division) for support, guidance, and response to health-related queries on Novel Corona virus Disease (COVID-19).
The bulletin has informed that the Directorate of Indian Systems of Medicine, J&K is distributing AYUSH Medicines having immunity boosting, immuno-modulator, anti-oxidant, rejuvenator, anti-stress, metabolism regulator, anti-allergic, anti-pyretic, anti-tussives, bronchodilator, etc properties during the COVID-19 pandemic. The department so far has provided medicine to 10.47 lakh people that include various frontline workers, senior citizens, PRIs, police/paramilitary personals and general masses. Moreover, preventive measures and Yoga therapies are also being advised to the people to take care of lifestyle/mental disorders so that physical and mental health is ensured during this pandemic.
Public is advised to strictly follow the advisories issued by the government from time to time and rely only on the information released by the government through the daily media bulletin to print and electronic media.
People are also advised to refrain from spreading rumors and pay no heed to them at the same time.