SRINAGAR: The Government on Saturday informed that 68 new positive cases of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), 18 from the Jammu division and 50 from the Kashmir division, have been reported today, thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 125783.
Moreover, 70 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals including 23 from Jammu Division and 47 from Kashmir Division.
According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), out of 125783 positive cases, 700 are Active Positive, 123129 have recovered and 1954 have died; 725 in Jammu division and 1229 in Kashmir division.
The Bulletin further said that out of 4993409 test results available, 4867626 samples have been tested as negative till February 20, 2021.
Till date, 1257447 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 34046 persons in-home quarantine including facilities operated by the government, 700 in isolation and 108874 in-home surveillance. Besides, 1111873 persons have completed their surveillance period.
Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Srinagar has 26742 positive cases (including 24 cases reported today) with 317 Active Positive, 25964 recovered (including 20 cases recovered today), 461 deaths; Baramulla has 8180 positive cases (including 06 cases reported today) with 39 Active Positive, 7966 recovered (including 06 cases recovered today), 175 deaths; Budgam reported 7851 positive cases (including 01 case reported today) with 41 active positive cases, 7691 recovered (including 03 cases recovered today), 119 deaths; Pulwama has 5829 positive cases (including 07 cases reported today) with 42 Active Positive, 5698 recovered (including 05 cases recovered today) and 89 deaths; Kupwara has 5672 positive cases with 04 Active Positive, 5574 recoveries, 96 deaths; Anantnag district has 4980 positive cases (including 06 cases reported today) with 35 Active Positive, 4859 recovered (including 04 cases recovered today), 86 deaths; Bandipora has 4709 positive cases with 16 Active Positive and 4631 recoveries, 62 deaths; Ganderbal has 4664 positive cases (including 02 cases reported today) with 23 Active Positive, 4594 recoveries (including 06 cases recovered today) and 47deaths; Kulgam has 2717 positive cases (including 02 cases reported today) with 12 Active Positive, 2651 recoveries (including 02 cases recovered today) and 54 deaths while as Shopian has 2597 positive cases (including 02 cases reported today) with 24 active positive cases, 2533 recoveries and 40 deaths.
Similarly, Jammu has 25149 positive cases (including 10 cases reported today) with 95 active positive cases, 24681 recoveries (including 12 cases recovered today), 373 deaths; Udhampur has 4256 positive cases (including 05 cases reported today) 23 active positive cases, 4176 recoveries (including 09 cases recovered today) and 57 deaths; Rajouri has 3875 positive cases with 05 active positive, 3815 recoveries and 55 deaths; Doda has 3436 positive cases with 01 Active positive, 3371 recovered and 64 deaths; Kathua has 3256 positive cases with no active positive case, 3203 recoveries and 53 deaths; Kishtwar has 2733 positive cases with no Active Positive case, 2711 recoveries and 22 deaths; Samba has 2836 positive cases with 06 active positive cases, 2790 recoveries and 40 deaths; Poonch has 2520 positive cases with 17 active positive, 2479 recoveries and 24 deaths; Ramban has 2135 positive cases with no active positive case, 2114 recoveries and 21 deaths while Reasi has 1646 positive cases with no active positive case, 1630 recoveries and 16 deaths.
According to the bulletin, among the total 125783 positive cases in J&K, 12092 have been reported as travelers while 113691 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 1091 COVID dedicated beds, 962 Isolation beds with 961 vacant beds and 129 ICU beds where 124 beds are vacant in the Jammu division while there are 1570 COVID dedicated beds, 1484 Isolation beds where 1429 beds are vacant and 86 ICU beds where 75 are vacant beds in Kashmir division. There are a total of 2661 COVID dedicated beds, 2446 Isolation beds with 2390 beds vacant and 215 ICU beds with 199 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 the 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 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 handwashing 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 of 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, anti-tussives, bronchodilator, etc properties during the COVID-19 pandemic. The department so far has provided medicine to 13.44 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.