JAMMU, April 01, 2021: The Government on Wednesday informed that 373 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19), 73from Jammu division and 300from Kashmir division, have been reported today, thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 130960.Also 04 COVID-19 deaths have been reported, 01 from Jammu Division and 03 from Kashmir Division.

Moreover, 131 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals including 26 from Jammu Division and 105 from Kashmir Division.

According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Corona virus (Covid-19), out of 130960 positive cases, 2531 are Active Positive, 126435 have recovered and 1994have died; 736 in Jammu division and 1258 in Kashmir division.

The Bulletin further said that out of 6051587test results available, 5920627 samples have been tested as negative till 31thMarch, 2021.

Till date 1507692 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 29291 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 2531 in isolation and 122508in home surveillance. Besides, 1351368 persons have completed their surveillance period.

Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Srinagar has 29062 positive cases (including 159 cases reported today) with 1051 Active Positive, 27539recovered (including 72 cases recovered today), 472 deaths; Baramulla has 8848 positive cases (including 63 cases reported today)with 349Active Positive, 8319 recovered (including 19 cases recovered today), 180 deaths; Budgam reported 8208 positive cases (including 26 cases reported today)with 162 active positive cases, 7926 recovered (including 08cases recovered today), 120 deaths; Pulwama has 5992 positive cases (including 05 cases reported today)with 82 Active Positive, 5818 recovered and 92 deaths; Kupwara has 5807 positive cases (including 11 cases reported today), 70 Active Positive, 5640recoveries, 97 deaths; Anantnag district has 5175 positive cases (including 08 cases reported today)with 39 Active Positive, 5042 recovered, 94 deaths; Bandipora has 4763 positive cases (including 07 cases reported today), with29 Active Positive and 4672 recoveries (including 03 cases recovered today), 62 deaths; Ganderbal has 4717 positive cases (including 08 cases reported today)with 23 Active Positive, 4647 recoveries (including 02 cases recovered today)and47deaths; Kulgam has 2799 positive cases (including 12 cases reported today)with 23 Active Positive, 2703 recoveries (including 01 cases recovered today)and 54 deaths while as Shopian has 2648 positive cases (including 01 cases reported today),23 active positive cases, 2585 recoveries and 40 deaths.

Similarly, Jammu has 25912 positive cases (including 45 cases reported today) with 484 active positive cases, 25047recoveries (including 20 cases recovered today), 381 deaths; Udhampur has 4361 positive cases (including 09 cases reported today), 27active positive cases, 4277 recoveries (including 02 cases reported today)and57 deaths; Rajouri has 3895 positive cases (including 02 cases reported today)with 13 active positive, 3827 recoveries and 55 deaths; Doda has 3455 positive caseswith05 Active positive, 3386 recovered and 64 deaths; Kathua has 3329 positive cases (including 11 cases reported today), 49 active positive cases, 3227 recovered(including 02 cases recovered today) and 53 deaths; Kishtwar has 2756 positive cases with 17 Active Positive, 2717 recoveriesand22 deaths; Samba has 2861 positive cases (including 03 cases reported today)with 18 active positive cases, 2802 recoveries and 41 deaths; Poonch has 2548 positive cases (including 03 cases reported today)with20active positive, 2502recoveriesand 26 deaths; Ramban has 2159 positive caseswith21 active positive cases, 2117 recoveries (including 02 cases recovered today)and 21 deaths while Reasi has 1665 positive with 07 active positive cases, 1642 recoveries and 16 deaths.

According to the bulletin, among the total 130960 positive cases in J&K, 13379 have been reported as travelers while 117581 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 926 vacant beds and 129 ICU beds where 112 beds are vacant in Jammu division while there are 1570 COVID dedicated beds, 1484 Isolation beds where 1356 beds are vacant and 86 ICU beds where 75are vacant beds in Kashmir division. There are a total of 2661 COVID dedicated beds, 2446 Isolation beds with 2282 beds vacant and 215 ICU beds with 187vacant 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 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 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-tussives, bronchodilator, etc. properties during the COVID-19 pandemic. The department so far has provided medicine to 15.15 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.