SRINAGAR: The Government on Monday informed that 398 new positive cases of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), 159 from Jammu division and 239 from Kashmir division, have been reported today thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 84031. Also, 11 COVID-19 deaths have been reported; 05 from Jammu division and 06 from Kashmir Division.
Moreover, 861 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals including 535 from Jammu Division and 326 from the Kashmir Division.
According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), out of 84031 positive cases, 9992 are Active Positive, 72706 have recovered and 1333 have died; 434 in Jammu division and 899 in Kashmir division.
The Bulletin further said that out of 1854486 test results available, 1770455 samples have been tested as negative till October 12, 2020.
Till date 615610 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 25024 persons in-home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 9992 in isolation and 49240 in-home surveillance. Besides, 530021 persons have completed their surveillance period.
Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Srinagar has 16756 positive cases (including 106 cases reported today) with 1689 Active Positive, 14748 recovered (including 110 cases recovered today), 319 deaths; Baramulla has 4910 positive cases (including 21 cases reported today) with 1483 Active Positive, 3297 recovered (including 25 cases recovered today), 130 deaths; Pulwama reported 4247 positive cases (including 12 cases reported today) with 261 active positive cases, 3912 recovered (including 38 cases recovered today), 74 deaths; Kulgam has 2340 positive cases (including 01 case reported today) with 83 Active Positive, 2214 recoveries (including 08 cases recovered today), 43 deaths; Shopian has 2101 positive cases (including 07 cases reported today) with 108 Active Positive, 1961 recovered (including 07 cases recovered today), 32 deaths; Anantnag district has 3801 positive cases (including 10 cases reported today) with 382 Active Positive, 3349 recovered (including 03 cases recovered today), 70 deaths; Budgam has 5437 positive cases (including 38 cases reported today) with 691 Active Positive and 4657 recovered (including 60 cases recovered today), 89 deaths; Kupwara has 3926 positive cases (including 21 cases reported today) with 621 Active Positive, 3235 recovered (including 23 cases recovered today), 70 deaths; Bandipora has 3696 positive cases (including 10 cases reported today) with 344 Active Positive, 3310 recovered (including 19 cases reported today), 42 deaths and Ganderbal has 3168 positive cases (including 13 cases reported today) with 257 active positive cases, 2881 recoveries (including 33 cases recovered today) and 30 deaths.
Similarly, Jammu has 15381 positive cases (including 113 cases reported today) with 1343 active positive cases, 13813 recoveries (including 140 cases recovered today), 225 deaths; Rajouri has 2994 positive cases (including 07 cases reported today) with 422 active positive cases, 2529 recovered (including 90 cases recovered today), 43 deaths; Ramban has 1453 positive cases (including 01 case reported today) with 96 active positive, 1346 recoveries (including 13 cases recovered today), 11 deaths; Kathua has 2273 positive cases (including 07 cases reported today) with 115 Active positive, 2129 recovered (including 17 cases recovered today), 29 deaths; Udhampur has 2500 positive cases (including 07 cases reported today) with 204 active positive cases, 2273 recovered (including 40 cases recovered today), 23 deaths; Samba has 1989 positive cases (including 11 cases reported today) with 384 Active Positive, 1581 recoveries (including 54 cases recovered today), 24 deaths; Doda has 2388 positive cases (including 01 case reported today) with 509 active positive cases, 1839 recoveries (including 119 cases recovered today), 40 deaths; Poonch has 2017 positive cases (including 12 cases reported today) with 672 active positive, 1323 recoveries (including 32 cases reported today), 22 deaths; Reasi has 1134 positive cases with 180 active positive, 948 recoveries and 06 deaths while Kishtwar has 1520 positive cases with 148 active positive cases and 1361 recoveries (including 30 cases reported today) and 11 deaths.
According to the bulletin, of the total 84031 positive cases in J&K 9201 have been reported as travelers while 74830 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 1001 vacant beds and 136 ICU beds where 71 beds are vacant in Jammu division while there are 2358 COVID dedicated beds, 2214 Isolation beds where 1703 beds are vacant and 144 ICU beds where 122 are vacant beds in Kashmir division. There are a total of 3664 COVID dedicated beds, 3384 Isolation beds with 2704 beds vacant and 280 ICU beds with 193 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 teleconsultation general OPD services by Specialists/MBBS Doctors for the residents of J&K under National Teleconsultation 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 the 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 Coronavirus 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, antitussives, bronchodilator, etc properties during the COVID-19 pandemic. The department so far has provided medicine to 10.03 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.