SRINAGAR: The Government on Saturday informed that 249 new positive cases of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), 126 from Jammu division and 123 from Kashmir division, have been reported on Saturday thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 119877. Also, 06 COVID-19 deaths have been reported; 04 from Jammu division and 02 from Kashmir Division.
Moreover, 369 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals including 203 from Jammu Division and 166 from Kashmir Division.
According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), out of 119877 positive cases, 3288 are Active Positive, 114722 have recovered and 1867 have died; 690 in Jammu division and 1177 in Kashmir division.
The Bulletin further said that out of 3693803 test results available, 3573926 samples have been tested as negative till December 26, 2020.
Till date, 866082 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 14899 persons in-home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 3288 in isolation and 30238 in home surveillance. Besides, 815790 persons have completed their surveillance period.
Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Srinagar has 25045 positive cases (including 49cases reported today) with 556 Active Positive, 24044 recovered (including87 cases recovered today), 445 deaths; Baramulla has 7904 positive cases (including 08 cases reported today) with 139 Active Positive, 7594 recovered (including 21 cases recovered today), 171deaths; Pulwama reported 5498 positive cases (including 09 case reported today) with 188 active positive cases, 5222 recovered (including 08 cases recovered today), 88 deaths; Kulgam has 2655 positive cases (including 04 case reported today) with 70 Active Positive, 2532 recoveries (including 03 cases recovered today) and 53 deaths; Shopian has 2483 positive cases (including 10 case reported today) with 99 Active Positive, 2347 recovered and 37 deaths; Anantnag district has 4762positive cases (including 08 cases reported today) with 109 Active Positive, 4570 recovered (including 03cases recovered today), 83 deaths; Budgam has 7540 positive cases (including 15 cases reported today) with 179 Active Positive and 7524 recovered (including 28 cases recovered today), 107 deaths; Kupwara has 5495 positive cases (including 10 cases reported today) with 141 Active Positive, 5264 recovered (including 11cases recovered today), 90 deaths; Bandipora has 4626 positive cases with 75 Active Positive, 4491 recovered (including 03 cases recovered today), 60 deaths and Ganderbal has 4452 positive cases (including 08 cases reported today) with 110 active positive cases, 4299recoveries (including 02 cases recovered today) and 43 deaths.
Similarly, Jammu has 23435positive cases (including 96 cases reported today) with 847 active positive cases, 22236 recoveries (including 95 cases recovered today), 352 deaths; Rajouri has 3819 positive cases (including 07 cases reported today) with 210 active positive cases, 3555 recovered (including 12 cases recovered today), 54 deaths; Ramban has 2092 positive cases (including 07 cases reported today) with 28active positive, 2043 recoveriesand 21 deaths; Kathua has 3148 positive cases (including 04 cases reported today) with 58 Active positive, 3042 recovered (including 17 cases recovered today), 48 deaths; Udhampur has 4064 positive cases (including 02 cases reported today) with 80 active positive cases, 3927 recovered (including 18 cases recovered today) and 57 deaths; Samba has 2713 positive caseswith 213 Active Positive, 2462 recoveries (including 33 cases recovered today)and 38 deaths; Doda has 3372 positive cases (including 05 cases reported today) with 78 active positive cases, 3232 recoveries (including 10 cases recovered today) and 62 deaths; Poonch has 2439 positive cases (including 01case reported today) with 25 active positive, 2391 recoveriesand 23 deaths; Reasi has 1621 positive cases (including 04 cases reported today) with 48 active positive, 1559recoveries and 14 deaths while Kishtwar has 2714 positive cases with 35 active positive cases and 2658 recoveries and 21 deaths.
According to the bulletin, among the total 119877 positive cases, 11231 have been reported as travellers while 108646 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 1321 COVID dedicated beds, 1185 Isolation beds with 1080 vacant beds and 136 ICU beds where 91 beds are vacant in Jammu division while there are 2345 COVID dedicated beds, 2197 Isolation beds where 1948 beds are vacant and 148 ICU beds where 121 are vacant beds in Kashmir division. There are total of 3666 COVID dedicated beds, 3382 Isolation beds with 3028 beds vacant and 284 ICU beds with 212 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 e-sanjeevani 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 12.06 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 rumours and pay no heed to them at the same time.