JAMMU, SEPTEMBER 23, 2020: The Government on Tuesday informed that 1235 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19), 736 from Jammu division and 499 from Kashmir division, have been reported today thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 66261. Also 18 COVID-19 deaths have been reported; 07 from Jammu division and 11 from Kashmir Division.

Moreover, 1619 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals, 880 from Jammu Division and 739 from Kashmir Division.

According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Corona virus (Covid-19), out of 66261 positive cases, 21485 are Active Positive, 43734 have recovered and 1042 have died; 253 in Jammu division and 789 in Kashmir division.

The Bulletin further said that out of 1436409 test results available, 1370148 samples have been tested as negative till September 22, 2020.

Till date 551008 travelers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for observation which included 28480 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 21485 in isolation and 61953 under home surveillance. Besides, 438048 persons have completed their surveillance period.

Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Srinagar has 13409 positive cases (including 210 cases reported today) with 2023 Active Positive, 11114 recovered (including 232 cases recovered today), 272 deaths; Baramulla has 3953 positive cases (including 30 cases reported today) with 1184 Active Positive, 2651 recovered (including 02 cases recovered today), 118 deaths; Pulwama reported 3650 positive cases (including 62 cases reported today) with 568 active positive cases, 3019 recovered (including 38 cases recovered today), 63 deaths; Kulgam has 2200 positive cases (including 12 cases reported today) with 156 Active Positive, 2001 recoveries (including 11 cases recovered today), 43 deaths; Shopian has 1955 positive cases (including 19 cases reported today) with 194 Active Positive, 1731 recovered, 30 deaths; Anantnag district has 3316 positive cases (including 28 cases reported today) with 809 Active Positive, 2445 recovered (including 74 cases recovered today), 62 deaths; Budgam has 4483 positive cases (including 59 cases reported today) with 1617 Active Positive and 2788 recovered (including 168 cases recovered today), 78 deaths; Kupwara has 3243 positive cases (including 22 cases reported today) with 875 Active Positive, 2305 recovered (including 27 cases recovered today), 63 deaths; Bandipora has 3213 positive cases (including 36 cases reported today) with 967 Active Positive, 2212 recovered (including 102 cases recovered today), 34 deaths and Ganderbal has 2637 positive cases (including 21 cases reported today) with 600 active positive cases, 2011 recoveries (including 85 cases recovered today) and 26 deaths.

Similarly, Jammu has 10675 positive cases (including 253 cases reported today) with 5863 active positive cases, 4669 recoveries (including 503 cases recovered today), 143 deaths; Rajouri has 2220 positive cases (including 68 cases reported today) with 1254 active positive cases, 940 recovered (including 26 cases recovered today), 26 deaths; Ramban has 1127 positive cases (including 35 cases reported today) with 379 active positive, 742 recoveries (including 23 cases recovered today), 06 deaths; Kathua has 1794 positive cases (including 41 cases reported today) with 675 Active positive, 1104 recovered (including 37 cases recovered today), 15 deaths; Udhampur has 1891 positive cases (including 64 cases reported today) with 690 active positive cases, 1191 recovered (including 107 cases recovered today), 10 deaths; Samba has 1500 positive cases (including 52 cases reported today) with 824 Active Positive, 664 recoveries, 12 deaths; Doda has 1843 positive cases (including 98 cases reported today) with 1210 active positive cases, 611 recoveries (including 10 cases recovered today), 22 deaths; Poonch has 1453 positive cases (including 73 cases reported today) with 864 active positive, 580 recoveries (including 66 cases reported today), 09 deaths; Reasi has 781 positive cases (including 15 cases reported today) with 311 active positive, 465 recoveries (including 58 cases recovered today) and 05 deaths while Kishtwar has 918 positive cases (including 37 cases reported today) with 422 active positive cases and 491 recoveries (including 50 cases reported today) and 05 deaths.

According to the bulletin, of the total 66261 positive cases in J&K 8358 have been reported as travelers while 57903 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 1419 Isolation Beds (including ICU Beds), in Dedicated COVID Hospitals (DCHs) and Dedicated COVID Health Centers (DCHCs) of various districts of Jammu division, of which, 934 are vacant. Similarly, there are 2343 Isolation Beds (including ICU Beds), in Dedicated COVID Hospitals (DCHs) and Dedicated COVID Health Centers (DCHCs) of various districts of Kashmir division, of which, 1715 are vacant. In total, there are 3762 Isolation Beds (including ICU Beds), in DCHs and DCHCs of Jammu and Kashmir UT, of which, 2649 are vacant.

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.

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 9.49 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.