The Government on Saturday informed that 146 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19), 25 from Jammu division and 121 from Kashmir division, have been reported today, thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 326799.Moreover, 138 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and been discharged from various hospitals including 27 from Jammu Division and 111 from Kashmir Division.Besides this, 72.92 percent of the population above the age of 18 years has been vaccinated across Jammu and Kashmir.The Bulletin also informs that one new case of Mucormycosis has been reported today, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 46 in the UT of J&K.According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Corona virus (Covid-19), out of 326799 positive cases, 1301 are Active Positive, 321086 have recovered and 4412 have died; 2167 in Jammu division and 2245 in Kashmir division.The Bulletin further said that out of 13887059 test results available, 13560260 samples have been tested as negative till today.Till date 3376795 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 7742 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 1301 in isolation and 465584 in home surveillance. Besides, 2897756 persons have completed their surveillance period.Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Srinagar has 73070 positive cases (including 72 cases reported today) with 613 Active Positive, 71620 recovered (including 71 cases recovered today), 837 deaths; Baramulla has 24069 positive cases (including 15 cases reported today) with 145 Active Positive, 23630 recovered (including 03 cases recovered today), 282 deaths; Budgam reported 23344 positive cases (including 09 cases reported today) with 133 active positive cases, 23004 recovered (including 18 cases recovered today), 207 deaths; Pulwama has 15382 positive cases (including 03 cases reported today) with 28 Active Positive, 15160 recovered and 194 deaths; Kupwara has 14288 positive cases (including 07 cases reported today), 34 Active Positive, 14088 recoveries (including 02 cases recovered today) and 166 deaths; Anantnag district has 16471 positive cases (including 01 cases reported today) with 22 Active Positive, 16244 recovered and 205 deaths; Bandipora has 9671 positive cases with 27 Active Positive, 9543 recoveries and 101 deaths; Ganderbal has 10169 positive cases (including 06 cases reported today) with 24 Active Positive, 10067 recoveries (including 05 cases recovered today) and 78 deaths; Kulgam has 11448 positive cases 29 Active Positive, 11302 recoveries and 117 deaths while as Shopian has 5602 positive cases with 05 active positive cases, 5539 recoveries and 58 deaths.
Similarly, Jammu has 53064 positive cases (including 04 cases reported today) with 49 active positive cases, 51873 recoveries (including 07 cases recovered today), 1142 deaths; Udhampur has 11388 positive cases with 06 active positive cases, 11245 recoveries and 137 deaths; Rajouri has 11124 positive cases with 26 active positive, 10862 recoveries and 236 deaths; Doda has 7661 positive cases (including 13 cases reported today) with 56 Active positive, 7475 recovered (including 09 cases recovered today) and 130 deaths; Kathua has 9287 positive cases with one active positive case, 9135 recovered and 151 deaths; Samba has 7138 positive cases with 05 active positive cases, 7013 recoveries and 120 deaths; Kishtwar has 4797 positive cases with 16 Active Positive, 4737 recoveries and 44 deaths; Poonch has 6334 positive cases with 13 active positive, 6224 recoveries and 97 deaths; Ramban has 6005 positive cases with 12 active positive cases, 5926 recoveries and 67 deaths while Reasi has 6487 positive cases with 45 active positive cases, 6399 recoveries and 43 deaths.According to the bulletin, among the total 326799 positive cases in J&K, 23228 have been reported as travelers while 303571 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 2010 vacant beds and 404 ICU beds where 402 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 262 are vacant beds in Kashmir division. There are a total of 5776 COVID dedicated beds, 5093 Isolation beds with 5049 beds vacant and 683 ICU beds with 664 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, 24x7 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 24x7 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 24x7 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 23.98 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.The readers can also reach us on the official Twitter account of DIPR-J&K @diprjk; website: http://www.jkdirinf.in; Webportal: jkinfonews.com and Facebook: @JKInformationOfficial.