The Government on Monday informed that 824 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19), 540 from Jammu division and 284 from Kashmir division, have been reported today thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 73014. Also 14 COVID-19 deaths have been reported; 11 from Jammu division and 03 from Kashmir Division.
Moreover, 1408 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals, 831 from Jammu Division and 577 from Kashmir Division.
According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Corona virus (Covid-19), out of 73014 positive cases, 17601 are Active Positive, 54267 have recovered and 1146 have died; 320 in Jammu division and 826 in Kashmir division.
The Bulletin further said that out of 1581606 test results available, 1508592 samples have been tested as negative till September 28, 2020.
Till date 570333 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 15721 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 17601 in isolation and 51373 under home surveillance. Besides, 484492 persons have completed their surveillance period.
Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Srinagar has 14490 positive cases (including 105 cases reported today) with 2105 Active Positive, 12098 recovered (including 175 cases recovered today), 287 deaths; Baramulla has 4273 positive cases (including 26 cases reported today) with 1235 Active Positive, 2916 recovered (including 30 cases recovered today), 122 deaths; Pulwama reported 3885 positive cases (including 33 cases reported today) with 451 active positive cases, 3366 recovered (including 42 cases recovered today), 68 deaths; Kulgam has 2253 positive cases (including 01 case reported today) with 130 Active Positive, 2080 recoveries (including 08 cases recovered today), 43 deaths; Shopian has 2021 positive cases (including 08 cases reported today) with 198 Active Positive, 1791 recovered (including 02 cases reported today), 32 deaths; Anantnag district has 3492 positive cases (including 18 cases reported today) with 441 Active Positive, 2989 recovered (including 28 cases recovered today), 62 deaths; Budgam has 4791 positive cases (including 27 cases reported today) with 1045 Active Positive and 3665 recovered (including 98 cases recovered today), 81 deaths; Kupwara has 3539 positive cases (including 44 cases reported today) with 813 Active Positive, 2660 recovered (including 27 cases recovered today), 66 deaths; Bandipora has 3363 positive cases (including 09 cases reported today) with 563 Active Positive, 2763 recovered (including 118 cases recovered today), 37 deaths and Ganderbal has 2844 positive cases (including 13 cases reported today) with 459 active positive cases, 2357 recoveries (including 49 cases recovered today) and 28 deaths.
Similarly, Jammu has 12349 positive cases (including 337 cases reported today) with 3578 active positive cases, 8597 recoveries (including 530 cases recovered today), 174 deaths; Rajouri has 2565 positive cases (including 52 cases reported today) with 1268 active positive cases, 1267 recovered (including 40 cases recovered today), 30 deaths; Ramban has 1295 positive cases (including 01 case reported today) with 456 active positive, 830 recoveries (including 03 cases recovered today), 09 deaths; Kathua has 2022 positive cases (including 37 cases reported today) with 538 Active positive, 1463 recovered (including 76 cases recovered today), 21 deaths; Udhampur has 2163 positive cases (including 38 cases reported today) with 484 active positive cases, 1664 recovered (including 07 cases recovered today), 15 deaths; Samba has 1694 positive cases (including 29 cases reported today) with 805 Active Positive, 869 recoveries, 20 deaths; Doda has 2159 positive cases (including 11 cases reported today) with 1119 active positive cases, 1013 recoveries (including 79 cases recovered today), 27 deaths; Poonch has 1726 positive cases (including 10 cases reported today) with 974 active positive, 740 recoveries (including 48 cases reported today), 12 deaths; Reasi has 930 positive cases (including 14 cases reported today) with 379 active positive, 546 recoveries (including 14 cases reported today), and 05 deaths while Kishtwar has 1160 positive cases (including 11 cases reported today) with 560 active positive cases and 593 recoveries (including 34 cases reported today) and 07 deaths.
According to the bulletin, of the total 73014 positive cases in J&K 8697 have been reported as travelers while 64317 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 885 vacant beds and 136 ICU beds where 50 beds are vacant in Jammu division while there are 2358 COVID dedicated beds, 2214 Isolation beds where 1686 beds are vacant and 144 ICU beds where 111 are vacant beds in Kashmir division. There are a total of 3664 COVID dedicated beds, 3384 Isolation beds with 2571 beds vacant and 280 ICU beds with 161 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 playstore.
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 the segregation of patients in emergency wing of GMC Jammu.
Meanwhile, a 24×7 COVID Control Room have 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 on 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-tussive, bronchodilator, etc properties during the COVID-19 pandemic. The department so far has provided medicine to 9.65 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.