JAMMU, OCTOBER 21, 2020: The Government on Tuesday informed that 589 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19), 241 from Jammu division and 348 from Kashmir division, have been reported today thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 88958. Also 09 COVID-19 deaths have been reported; 03 from Jammu division and 06 from Kashmir Division.

Moreover, 770 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals including 349 from Jammu Division and 421 from Kashmir Division.

According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Corona virus (Covid-19), out of 88958 positive cases, 8124 are Active Positive, 79437 have recovered and 1397 have died; 463 in Jammu division and 934 in Kashmir division.

The Bulletin further said that out of 2048631 test results available, 1959673 samples have been tested as negative till October 20, 2020.

Till date 631601 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 21785 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 8124 in isolation and 52269 in home surveillance. Besides, 548026 persons have completed their surveillance period.

Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Srinagar has 17944 positive cases (including 136 cases reported today) with 1715 Active Positive, 15894 recovered (including 195 cases recovered today), 335 deaths; Baramulla has 5285 positive cases (including 32 cases reported today) with 1304 Active Positive, 3845 recovered (including 22 cases recovered today), 136 deaths; Pulwama reported 4463 positive cases (including 30 cases reported today) with 271 active positive cases, 4114 recovered (including 38 cases recovered today), 78 deaths; Kulgam has 2049 positive cases (including 12 cases reported today) with 92 Active Positive, 2271 recoveries (including 02 cases recovered today), 46 deaths; Shopian has 2130 positive cases (including 08 cases reported today) with 89 Active Positive, 2006 recovered (including 07 cases recovered today) and 35 deaths; Anantnag district has 4038 positive cases (including 39 cases reported today) with 347 Active Positive, 3620 recovered (including 45 cases recovered today), 71 deaths; Budgam has 5697 positive cases (including 34 cases reported today) with 397 Active Positive and 5210 recovered (including 41 cases recovered today), 90 deaths; Kupwara has 4098 positive cases (including 04 cases reported today) with 314 Active Positive, 3713 recovered (including 02 cases recovered today), 71 deaths; Bandipora has 3897 positive cases (including 32 cases reported today) with 287 Active Positive, 3568 recovered (including 25 cases reported today), 42 deaths and Ganderbal has 3341 positive cases (including 21 cases reported today) with 230 active positive cases, 3081 recoveries (including 44 cases recovered today) and 30 deaths.

Similarly, Jammu has 16340 positive cases (including 118 cases reported today) with 1057 active positive cases, 15044 recoveries (including 143 cases recovered today), 239 deaths; Rajouri has 3132 positive cases (including 10 cases reported today) with 288 active positive cases, 2799 recovered (including 42 cases recovered today), 45 deaths; Ramban has 1525 positive cases (including 11 cases reported today) with 74 active positive, 1439 recoveries (including 01 cases recovered today) and 12 deaths; Kathua has 2342 positive cases (including 09 cases reported today) with 53 Active positive, 2259 recovered (including 11 cases recovered today), 30 deaths; Udhampur has 2582 positive cases (including 10 cases reported today) with 115 active positive cases, 2440 recovered (including 12 cases reported today) and 27 deaths; Samba has 2086 positive cases (including 07 cases reported today) with 413 Active Positive, 1648 recoveries and 25 deaths; Doda has 2527 positive cases (including 25 cases reported today) with 179 active positive cases, 2306 recoveries (including 52 cases recovered today), 42 deaths; Poonch has 2161 positive cases (including 13 cases reported today) with 559 active positive, 1580 recoveries (including 50 cases reported today), 22 deaths; Reasi has 1209 positive cases (including 13 cases reported today), with 112 active positive, 1090 recoveries and 07 deaths while Kishtwar has 1752 positive cases (including 25 cases reported today), with 228 active positive cases and 1510 recoveries (including 38 cases recovered today) and 14 deaths.

According to the bulletin, of the total 88958 positive cases in J&K 9464 have been reported as travelers while 79494 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 1056 vacant beds and 136 ICU beds where 87 beds are vacant in Jammu division while there are 2345 COVID dedicated beds, 2197 Isolation beds where 1679 beds are vacant and 148 ICU beds where 117 are vacant beds in Kashmir division. There are a total of 3651 COVID dedicated beds, 3367 Isolation beds with 2735 beds vacant and 284 ICU beds with 204 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, antitussives, bronchodilator, etc properties during the COVID-19 pandemic. The department so far has provided medicine to 10.31 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.