SRINAGAR: The Government on Wednesday informed that 332 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19), 181 from Jammu division and 151 from Kashmir division, have been reported today thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 116932. Also 05 COVID-19 deaths have been reported; 04 from Jammu division and 01 from Kashmir Division.
Moreover,415 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals including 239 from Jammu Division and 176 from Kashmir Division.
According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Corona virus (Covid-19), out of 116932 positive cases, 4346 are Active Positive, 110769 have recovered and 1817 have died; 660 in Jammu division and 1157 in Kashmir division.
The Bulletin further said that out of 3420425 test results available, 3303493 samples have been tested as negative till December 16, 2020.
Till date 836758 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 20163 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 4346 in isolation and 28088 in home surveillance. Besides, 782344 persons have completed their surveillance period.
Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Srinagar has 24444 positive cases (including 53cases reported today) with 1056 Active Positive, 22951 recovered (including87 cases recovered today), 437 deaths; Baramulla has 7773 positive cases (including 19 cases reported today) with 175 Active Positive, 7429 recovered (including 21 cases recovered today), 169deaths; Pulwama reported 5324 positive cases (including 12 case reported today) with 171 active positive cases, 5065 recovered (including 08 cases recovered today), 88 deaths; Kulgam has 2630 positive cases with 64 Active Positive, 2513 recoveries (including 02 cases recovered today), 53 deaths; Shopian has 2433 positive cases (including 01 case reported today) with 76 Active Positive, 2320 recovered and 37 deaths; Anantnag district has 4686positive cases (including 15 cases reported today) with 111 Active Positive, 4493 recovered (including 02cases recovered today), 82 deaths; Budgam has 7362 positive cases (including 19 cases reported today) with 272 Active Positive and 6985 recovered (including 23 cases recovered today), 105 deaths; Kupwara has 5400 positive cases (including 13 cases reported today) with 174 Active Positive, 5138 recovered (including 14cases recovered today), 88 deaths; Bandipora has 4564 positive cases (including 09 cases reported today) with 81 Active Positive, 4426 recovered (including 19 cases recovered today), 57 deaths and Ganderbal has 4375 positive cases (including 10 cases reported today) with 106 active positive cases, 4228recoveries and 41 deaths.
Similarly, Jammu has 22470positive cases (including 96 cases reported today) with 819 active positive cases, 21315 recoveries (including 82 cases recovered today), 336 deaths; Rajouri has 3739 positive cases (including 12 cases reported today) with 245 active positive cases, 3441 recovered (including 08 cases recovered today), 53 deaths; Ramban has 2049 positive cases (including 07 cases reported today) with 83 active positive, 1945 recoveries(including 03 cases recovered today) and 21 deaths; Kathua has 3050 positive cases (including 14 cases reported today) with 107 Active positive, 2896 recovered (including 24 cases recovered today), 47 deaths; Udhampur has 3982 positive cases (including 14 cases reported today) with 229 active positive cases, 3699 recovered (including 31 cases recovered today) and 54 deaths; Samba has 2647 positive cases (including 11 cases reported today) with 184 Active Positive, 2429 recoveries(including 53 cases recovered today)and 34 deaths; Doda has 3315 positive cases (including 12 cases reported today) with 121 active positive cases, 3134 recoveries (including 21 cases recovered today), 60 deaths; Poonch has 2424 positive cases (including 02cases reported today) with 30 active positive, 2372 recoveriesand 22 deaths; Reasi has 1575 positive cases with 117 active positive, 1446recoveries and 12 deaths while Kishtwar has 2690 positive cases (including 08 cases reported today) with 125 active positive cases and 2544 recoveries (including 17 cases recovered today) and 21 deaths.
According to the bulletin, among the total 116932 positive cases, 11041 have been reported as travellers while 105891 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 1049 vacant beds and 136 ICU beds where 73 beds are vacant in Jammu division while there are 2345 COVID dedicated beds, 2197 Isolation beds where 1888 beds are vacant and 148 ICU beds where 119 are vacant beds in Kashmir division. There are total of 3666 COVID dedicated beds, 3382 Isolation beds with 2937 beds vacant and 284 ICU beds with 192 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 11.74 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.