Bulletin on Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19)

The Government on Thursday informed that 172 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19), 21 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 328590.

Moreover, 91 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and been discharged from various hospitals including 13 from Jammu Division and 78 from Kashmir Division.

Besides this, 79.70 percent of the population above the age of 18 years has been vaccinated across Jammu and Kashmir.

The Bulletin also informs that no new case of Mucormycosis has been reported today, thus the total number of confirmed cases remains 46 in the UT of J&K.

According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Corona virus (Covid-19), out of 328590 positive cases, 1617 are Active Positive, 322554 have recovered and 4419 have died; 2172 in Jammu division and 2247 in Kashmir division.

The Bulletin further said that out of 14514120 test results available, 14185530 samples have been tested as negative till today.

Till date 3493494 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 7594 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 1617 in isolation and 461211 in home surveillance. Besides, 3018653 persons have completed their surveillance period.

Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Srinagar has 73906 positive cases (including 67 cases reported today) with 813 Active Positive, 72255 recovered (including 41 cases recovered today), 838 deaths; Baramulla has 24237 positive cases (including 36 cases reported today) with 162 Active Positive, 23793 recovered (including 07 cases recovered today), 282 deaths; Budgam reported 23523 positive cases (including 14 cases reported today) with 165 active positive cases, 23151 recovered (including 09 cases recovered today), 207 deaths; Pulwama has 15436 positive cases with 37 Active Positive, 15205 recovered and 194 deaths; Kupwara has 14331 positive cases (including 01 case reported today), 30 Active Positive, 14135 recoveries (including 03 cases recovered today) and 166 deaths; Anantnag district has 16506 positive cases with 18 Active Positive, 16283 recovered and 205 deaths; Bandipora has 9715 positive cases with 31 Active Positive, 9583 recoveries and 101 deaths; Ganderbal has 10275 positive cases (including 15 cases reported today) with 83 Active Positive, 10113 recoveries and 79 deaths; Kulgam has 11475 positive cases 21 Active Positive, 11337 recoveries and 117 deaths while as Shopian has 5605 positive cases with 03 active positive cases, 5544 recoveries and 58 deaths.

Similarly, Jammu has 53129 positive cases (including 04 cases reported today) with 59 active positive cases, 51927 recoveries (including 02 cases recovered today), 1143 deaths; Udhampur has 11397 positive cases with 09 active positive cases, 11251 recoveries and 137 deaths; Rajouri has 11154 positive cases with 18 active positive, 10899 recoveries and 237 deaths; Doda has 7733 positive cases (including 08 cases reported today) with 61 Active positive, 7539 recovered and 133 deaths; Kathua has 9290 positive cases with 02 active positive case, 9137 recovered and 151 deaths; Samba has 7146 positive cases with 07 active positive cases, 7019 recoveries and 120 deaths; Kishtwar has 4810 positive cases with 13 Active Positive, 4753 recoveries and 44 deaths; Poonch has 6344 positive cases with 04 active positive, 6243 recoveries and 97 deaths; Ramban has 6015 positive cases with 08 active positive cases, 5940 recoveries and 67 deaths while Reasi has 6563 positive cases with 73 active positive cases, 6447 recoveries and 43 deaths.

According to the bulletin, among the total 328590 positive cases in J&K, 23403 have been reported as travelers while 305187 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 2005 vacant beds and 404 ICU beds where 396 beds are vacant in Jammu division while there are 3353 COVID dedicated beds, 3074 Isolation beds where 2997 beds are vacant and 279 ICU beds where 258 are vacant beds in Kashmir division. There are a total of 5776 COVID dedicated beds, 5093 Isolation beds with 5002 beds vacant and 683 ICU beds with 654 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.

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 the lives 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 24.40 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.

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