JAMMU, NOVEMBER 16, 2020: The Government today informed that 460 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19), 189 from Jammu division and 271 from Kashmir division, have been reported today thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 102619. Also 09 COVID-19 deaths have been reported; 04 from Jammu division and 05 from Kashmir Division.

Moreover, 491 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals including 162 from Jammu Division and 329 from Kashmir Division.

According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Corona virus (Covid-19), out of 102619 positive cases, 5688 are Active Positive, 95342 have recovered and 1589 have died; 535 in Jammu division and 1054 in Kashmir division.

The Bulletin further said that out of 2645975 test results available, 2543356 samples have been tested as negative till November 15, 2020.

Till date 714414 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 24462 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 5688 in isolation and 41083 in home surveillance. Besides, 641592 persons have completed their surveillance period.

Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Srinagar has 21426 positive cases (including 120 cases reported today) with 1561 Active Positive, 19469 recovered (including 125 cases recovered today), 396 deaths; Baramulla has 6910 positive cases (including 51 cases reported today) with 672 Active Positive, 6081 recovered (including 85 cases recovered today), 157deaths; Pulwama reported 4858 positive cases (including 18 case reported today) with 123 active positive cases, 4651 recovered (including 15 cases recovered today), 84 deaths; Kulgam has 2549 positive cases (including 03 case reported today) with 77 Active Positive, 2424 recoveries (including 02 cases recovered today), 48 deaths; Shopian has 2282 positive cases (including 03 case reported today) with 88 Active Positive, 2158 recovered (including 09 cases recovered today) and 36 deaths; Anantnag district has 4431 positive cases (including 14 cases reported today) with 217 Active Positive, 4139 recovered (including 30 cases recovered today), 75 deaths; Budgam has 6457 positive cases (including 29 cases reported today) with 302 Active Positive and 6059 recovered (including 25 cases recovered today), 96 deaths; Kupwara has 4810 positive cases (including 02 cases reported today) with 452 Active Positive, 4280 recovered (including 13 cases recovered today), 78 deaths; Bandipora has 4235 positive cases (including 11 cases reported today) with 174 Active Positive, 4013 recovered (including 10 cases recovered today), 48 deaths and Ganderbal has 3941 positive cases (including 20 cases reported today) with 329 active positive cases, 3576 recoveries (including 15 cases recovered today)and 36 deaths.

Similarly, Jammu has 19029 positive cases (including 94 cases reported today) with 594 active positive cases, 18155 recoveries (including 100 cases recovered today), 280 deaths; Rajouri has 3319 positive cases (including 03 cases reported today) with 102 active positive cases, 3169 recovered (including 07 cases recovered today), 48 deaths; Ramban has 1761 positive cases (including 20 cases reported today) with 116 active positive, 1627 recoveries (including 0 cases recovered today) and 18 deaths; Kathua has 2610 positive cases (including 12 cases reported today) with 87 Active positive, 2490 recovered (including 08 cases recovered today), 33 deaths; Udhampur has 3009 positive cases (including 08 cases reported today) with 240 active positive cases, 2734 recovered (including 28 cases recovered today) and 35 deaths; Samba has 2274 positive cases (including 11 cases reported today) with 100 Active Positive, 2149 recoveries (including 0 cases recovered today) and 25 deaths; Doda has 2813 positive cases (including 07 cases reported today) with 124 active positive cases, 2639 recoveries (including 02 cases recovered today), 50 deaths; Poonch has 2349 positive cases (including 06 cases reported today) with 89 active positive, 2238 recoveries (including 05 cases recovered today), 22 deaths; Reasi has 1372 positive cases with 83 active positive, 1281 recoveries and 08 deaths while Kishtwar has 2184 positive cases (including 23 cases reported today) with 158 active positive cases and 2010 recoveries (including 12 cases recovered today) and 16 deaths.

According to the bulletin, among the total 102619 positive cases in J&K, 10299 have been reported as travelers while 92320 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 1053 vacant beds and 136 ICU beds where 85 beds are vacant in Jammu division while there are 2345 COVID dedicated beds, 2197 Isolation beds where 1736 beds are vacant and 148 ICU beds where 119 are vacant beds in Kashmir division. There are total of 3651 COVID dedicated beds, 3367 Isolation beds with 2789 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 e-sanjeevani 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 10.84 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.