JAMMU, OCTOBER 29, 2020: The Government on Wednesday informed that 536 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19), 199 from Jammu division and 337 from Kashmir division, have been reported today thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 93213. Also 04 COVID-19 deaths have been reported; 03 from Jammu division and 01 from Kashmir Division.

Moreover, 546 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals including 213 from Jammu Division and 333 from Kashmir Division.

According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Corona virus (Covid-19), out of 93213 positive cases, 6976 are Active Positive, 84782 have recovered and 1455 have died; 487 in Jammu division and 968 in Kashmir division.

The Bulletin further said that out of 2238671 test results available, 2145458 samples have been tested as negative till October 28, 2020.

Till date 652350 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 16923 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 6976 in isolation and 46271 in home surveillance. Besides, 580725 persons have completed their surveillance period.

Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Srinagar has 18977 positive cases (including 131 cases reported today) with 1651 Active Positive, 16978 recovered (including 107 cases recovered today), 348 deaths; Baramulla has 5795 positive cases (including 73 cases reported today) with 1457 Active Positive, 4195 recovered (including 30 cases recovered today), 143 deaths; Pulwama reported 4609 positive cases (including 12 cases reported today) with 198 active positive cases, 4331 recovered (including 35 cases recovered today), 80 deaths; Kulgam has 2466 positive cases (including 06 cases reported today) with 90 Active Positive, 2330 recoveries (including 14 case recovered today), 46 deaths; Shopian has 2186 positive cases (including 08 cases reported today) with 86 Active Positive, 2065 recovered (including 06 cases recovered today) and 35 deaths; Anantnag district has 4202 positive cases (including 13 cases reported today) with 264 Active Positive, 3864 recovered (including 48 cases recovered today), 74 deaths; Budgam has 5926 positive cases (including 27 cases reported today) with 294 Active Positive and 5540 recovered (including 41 cases recovered today), 92 deaths; Kupwara has 4350 positive cases (including 30 cases reported today) with 395 Active Positive, 3883 recovered (including 20 cases recovered today), 72 deaths; Bandipora has 4006 positive cases (including 12 cases reported today) with 231 Active Positive, 3729 recovered (including 22 cases recovered today), 46 deaths and Ganderbal has 3484 positive cases (including 25 cases reported today) with 191 active positive cases, 3261 recoveries (including 10 cases recovered today) and 32 deaths.

Similarly, Jammu has 17240 positive cases (including 118 cases reported today) with 861 active positive cases, 16126 recoveries (including 125 cases recovered today), 253 deaths; Rajouri has 3182 positive cases (including 03 cases reported today) with 86 active positive cases, 3050 recovered (including 18 cases recovered today), 46 deaths; Ramban has 1575 positive cases (including 08 cases reported today) with 61 active positive, 1501 recoveries and 13 deaths; Kathua has 2410 positive cases (including 14 cases reported today) with 49 Active positive, 2330 recovered (including 08 cases recovered today), 31 deaths; Udhampur has 2649 positive cases (including 06 cases reported today) with 106 active positive cases, 2513 recovered and 30 deaths; Samba has 2155 positive cases (including 12 cases reported today) with 299 Active Positive, 1831 recoveries and 25 deaths; Doda has 2628 positive cases (including 04 cases reported today) with 130 active positive cases, 2453 recoveries (including 09 cases recovered today), 45 deaths; Poonch has 2231 positive cases (including 05 cases reported today) with 249 active positive, 1960 recoveries (including 20 cases reported today), 22 deaths; Reasi has 1258 positive cases (including 11 cases reported today) with 103 active positive, 1147 recoveries and 08 deaths while Kishtwar has 1884 positive cases (including 18 cases reported today) with 175 active positive cases and 1695 recoveries (including 33 cases recovered today) and 14 deaths.

According to the bulletin, of the total 93213 positive cases in J&K 9686 have been reported as travellers while 83527 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 1072 vacant beds and 136 ICU beds where 95 beds are vacant in Jammu division while there are 2345 COVID dedicated beds, 2197 Isolation beds where 1772 beds are vacant and 148 ICU beds where 124 are vacant beds in Kashmir division. There are a total of 3651 COVID dedicated beds, 3367 Isolation beds with 2844 beds vacant and 284 ICU beds with 219 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-tussives, bronchodilator, etc properties during the COVID-19 pandemic. The department so far has provided medicine to 10.45 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.