Bulletin on Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19)

The Government on Sunday informed that 107 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19), 45 from Jammu division and 62 from Kashmir division, have been reported today, thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 324202.Also one covid death has been reported from Jammu division.

Moreover, 100 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and been discharged from various hospitals including 29 from Jammu Division and 71 from Kashmir Division.

Besides this, 62.11 percent of the population above the age of 18 years has been vaccinated across Jammu and Kashmir.

The Bulletin also informs that no new confirmed case of Mucormycosis has been reported today, thus the total number of confirmed cases remains 43 in the UT of J&K.

According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Corona virus (Covid-19), out of 324202 positive cases, 1165 are Active Positive, 318635 have recovered and 4402 have died; 2162 in Jammu division and 2240 in Kashmir division.

The Bulletin further said that out of 12907674 test results available, 12583472 samples have been tested as negative till today.

Till date 3130122 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 8822 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 1165 in isolation and 426653 in home surveillance. Besides, 2689080 persons have completed their surveillance period.

Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Srinagar has 71980 positive cases (including 26 cases reported today) with 251 Active Positive, 70895 recovered (including 24 cases recovered today), 834 deaths; Baramulla has 23809 positive cases (including 07 cases reported today) with 73 Active Positive, 23454 recovered (including 07 cases recovered today), 282 deaths; Budgam reported 23064 positive cases (including 11 cases reported today) with 64 active positive cases, 22794 recovered (including 09 cases recovered today), 206 deaths; Pulwama has 15281 positive cases with 34 Active Positive, 15053 recovered and 194 deaths; Kupwara has 14202 positive cases (including 01case reported today), 45 Active Positive, 13991 recoveries (including 03 cases recovered today), 166 deaths; Anantnag district has 16434 positive cases (including 01 case reported today) with 63 Active Positive, 16166 recovered and 205 deaths; Bandipora has 9600 positive cases (including 03 cases reported today), with 54 Active Positive, 9446 recoveries (including 11 cases recovered today) and 100 deaths; Ganderbal has 10070 positive cases (including 05 cases reported today) with 64 Active Positive, 9928 recoveries (including 10 cases recovered today) and 78 deaths; Kulgam has 11398 positive cases (including 03 cases reported today) with 69 Active Positive, 11212 recoveries (including 02 cases recovered today) and 117 deaths while as Shopian has 5593 positive cases with 04 active positive cases, 5531 recoveries and 58 deaths.

Similarly, Jammu has 52972 positive cases (including 12 cases reported today) with 113 active positive cases, 51717 recoveries (including 10 cases recovered today), 1142 deaths; Udhampur has 11375 positive cases with 20 active positive cases, 11218 recoveries (including 01case recovered today) and 137 deaths; Rajouri has 11073 positive cases (including 07 cases reported today) with 58 active positive, 10783 recoveries (including 06 cases recovered today) and 232 deaths; Doda has 7477 positive cases (including 10 cases reported today) with 65 Active positive, 7283 recovered (including 08 cases recovered today) and 129 deaths; Kathua has 9276 positive cases with 05 active positive cases, 9120 recovered and 151 deaths; Samba has 7133 positive cases with 06 active positive cases, 7007 recoveries and 120 deaths; Kishtwar has 4742 positive cases with 45 Active Positive, 4653 recoveries (including 02 cases recovered today) and 44 deaths; Poonch has 6303 positive cases with 26 active positive, 6180 recoveries (including 01 case recovered today) and 97 deaths; Ramban has 5984 positive cases with 07 active positive cases, 5910 recoveries and 67 deaths while Reasi has 6433 positive cases with 98 active positive cases, 6292 recoveries and 43 deaths.

According to the bulletin, among the total 324202 positive cases in J&K, 23105 have been reported as travellers while 301097 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 2423 COVID dedicated beds, 2019 Isolation beds with 1988 vacant beds and 404 ICU beds where 400 beds are vacant in Jammu division while there are 3353 COVID dedicated beds, 3074 Isolation beds where 3039 beds are vacant and 279 ICU beds where 253 are vacant beds in Kashmir division. There are a total of 5776 COVID dedicated beds, 5093 Isolation beds with 5027 beds vacant and 683 ICU beds with 653 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 the e-sanjeevani OPD app from Google play store.

To ensure public convenience and avoid chaos & panic crowding at tertiary care hospitals, COVID-19 Triage Facility has been started in Jammu at (i) Chest Disease Hospital, Jammu (opposite GMC Hospital Complex, Jammu, Triage CD Hospital Jammu Contact No.-9541925371, 0191-2561000), (ii) Govt Hospital Gandhinagar (Old Block) Contact No.0191-2459300 and in Srinagar at (i) National Institute of Technology Campus, Hazratbal, Srinagar, Contact No. 9419006991& (ii) SKIMS-JVC Bemina, Contact No. 7006617821, that shall act as “first arrival point” for screening of any COVID +ve patient intending to get admitted in Govt. Medical College Jammu/ Srinagar & Associated Hospitals, SKIMS Soura and other identified dedicated COVID Hospitals under Directorate of Health Services Jammu/ Kashmir.

For COVID +ve cases in periphery areas and districts other than Jammu/ Srinagar, the triage point shall be the concerned District Hospital / New GMCs (Doda/ Kathua/ Rajouri/ Baramulla/ Anantnag). Admission of such patients from these districts to GMC Jammu/ Srinagar, SKIMS Soura etc shall be strictly on referral basis only.

Besides, 24×7 Rapid Antigen Testing facilities for COVID-19 have 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 a 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 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 23.17 lakh people that include various frontline workers, senior citizens, PRIs, police/paramilitary personnel 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.

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