JAMMU, OCTOBER 04, 2020: The Government on Saturday informed that 975 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19), 591 from Jammu division and 384 from Kashmir division, have been reported today thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 78228. Also 19 COVID-19 deaths have been reported; 11 from Jammu division and 08 from Kashmir Division.

Moreover, 1399 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals including 848 from Jammu Division and 551 from Kashmir Division.

According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Corona virus (Covid-19), out of 78228 positive cases, 15646 are Active Positive, 61351 have recovered and 1231 have died; 376 in Jammu division and 855 in Kashmir division.

The Bulletin further said that out of 1685809 test results available, 1607581 samples have been tested as negative till October 03, 2020.

Till date 589383 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 21523 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 15646 in isolation and 48922 under home surveillance. Besides, 502061 persons have completed their surveillance period.

Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Srinagar has 15376 positive cases (including 150 cases reported today) with 1978 Active Positive, 13099 recovered (including 271 cases recovered today), 299 deaths; Baramulla has 4523 positive cases (including 32 cases reported today) with 1392 Active Positive, 3007 recovered (including 14 cases recovered today), 124 deaths; Pulwama reported 4035 positive cases (including 39 cases reported today) with 404 active positive cases, 3561 recovered (including 37 cases recovered today), 70 deaths; Kulgam has 2290 positive cases (including 05 cases reported today) with 110 Active Positive, 2137 recoveries (including 06 cases recovered today), 43 deaths; Shopian has 2041 positive cases (including 02 cases reported today) with 151 Active Positive, 1858 recovered (including 08 cases reported today), 32 deaths; Anantnag district has 3595 positive cases (including 28 cases reported today) with 462 Active Positive, 3067 recovered (including 07 cases recovered today), 66 deaths; Budgam has 5023 positive cases (including 43 cases reported today) with 824 Active Positive and 4113 recovered (including 64 cases recovered today), 86 deaths; Kupwara has 3717 positive cases (including 52 cases reported today) with 746 Active Positive, 2903 recovered (including 42 cases recovered today), 68 deaths; Bandipora has 3514 positive cases (including 22 cases reported today) with 416 Active Positive, 3060 recovered (including 36 cases reported today), 38 deaths and Ganderbal has 2957 positive cases (including 11 cases reported today) with 278 active positive cases, 2650 recoveries (including 66 cases recovered today) and 29 deaths.

Similarly, Jammu has 14262 positive cases (including 403 cases reported today) with 3597 active positive cases, 10465 recoveries (including 355 cases recovered today), 200 deaths; Rajouri has 2754 positive cases (including 29 cases reported today) with 753 active positive cases, 1966 recovered (including 332 cases reported today), 35 deaths; Ramban has 1388 positive cases (including 06 cases reported today) with 241 active positive, 1137 recoveries (including 17 cases recovered today), 10 deaths; Kathua has 2119 positive cases (including 19 cases reported today) with 394 Active positive, 1700 recovered (including 107 cases recovered today), 25 deaths; Udhampur has 2342 positive cases (including 39 cases reported today) with 451 active positive cases, 1871 recovered (including 02 cases reported today), 20 deaths; Samba has 1832 positive cases (including 30 cases reported today) with 675 Active Positive, 1135 recoveries, 22 deaths; Doda has 2271 positive cases (including 11 cases reported today) with 921 active positive cases, 1317 recoveries (including 20 cases recovered today), 33 deaths; Poonch has 1842 positive cases (including 32 cases reported today) with 925 active positive, 901 recoveries (including 15 cases reported today), 16 deaths; Reasi has 1023 positive cases (including 13 cases reported today) with 332 active positive, 685 recoveries and 06 deaths while Kishtwar has 1324 positive cases (including 09 cases reported today) with 596 active positive cases and 719 recoveries and 09 deaths.

According to the bulletin, of the total 78228 positive cases in J&K 8894 have been reported as travelers while 69334 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 1306 COVID dedicated beds, 1170 Isolation beds with 871 vacant beds and 136 ICU beds where 79 beds are vacant in Jammu division while there are 2358 COVID dedicated beds, 2214 Isolation beds where 1699 beds are vacant and 144 ICU beds where 117 are vacant beds in Kashmir division. There are a total of 3664 COVID dedicated beds, 3384 Isolation beds with 2570 beds vacant and 280 ICU beds with 196 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 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-tussive, bronchodilator, etc properties during the COVID-19 pandemic. The department so far has provided medicine to 9.82 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.