JAMMU, NOVEMBER 23, 2020: The Government on Sunday informed that 564 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19), 274 from Jammu division and 290 from Kashmir division, have been reported today thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 106548. Also 05 COVID-19 deaths have been reported; 04 from Jammu division and 01 from Kashmir Division.

Moreover, 579 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals including 245 from Jammu Division and 334 from Kashmir Division.

According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Corona virus (Covid-19), out of 106548 positive cases, 5700 are Active Positive, 99219 have recovered and 1629 have died; 555 in Jammu division and 1074 in Kashmir division.

The Bulletin further said that out of 2810409 test results available, 2703861 samples have been tested as negative till November 22, 2020.

Till date 763975 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 19180 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 5700 in isolation and 46800 in home surveillance. Besides, 690666 persons have completed their surveillance period.

Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Srinagar has 22350 positive cases (including 107 cases reported today) with 1485 Active Positive, 20462 recovered (including 152 cases recovered today), 403 deaths; Baramulla has 7243 positive cases (including 52 cases reported today) with 536 Active Positive, 6548 recovered (including 84 cases recovered today), 159deaths; Pulwama reported 4987 positive cases (including 25 case reported today) with 166 active positive cases, 4735 recovered (including 19 cases recovered today), 86 deaths; Kulgam has 2576 positive cases (including 06 case reported today) with 74 Active Positive, 2454 recoveries (including 09 cases recovered today), 48 deaths; Shopian has 2301 positive cases (including 04 case reported today) with 69 Active Positive, 2196 recovered (including 04 cases recovered today) and 36 deaths; Anantnag district has 4503positive cases (including 08 cases reported today) with 181 Active Positive, 4245 recovered (including 16cases recovered today), 77 deaths; Budgam has 6705 positive cases (including 28 cases reported today) with 299 Active Positive and 6308 recovered (including 17 cases recovered today), 98 deaths; Kupwara has 5059 positive cases (including 32 cases reported today) with 521 Active Positive, 4458 recovered (including 14 cases recovered today), 80 deaths; Bandipora has 4339 positive cases (including 06 cases reported today) with 185 Active Positive, 4104 recovered (including 09 cases recovered today), 50 deaths and Ganderbal has 4098 positive cases (including 22 cases reported today) with 266 active positive cases, 3795recoveries (including 10 cases recovered today)and 37 deaths.

Similarly, Jammu has 19746 positive cases (including 121 cases reported today) with 584 active positive cases, 18873 recoveries (including 125 cases recovered today), 289 deaths; Rajouri has 3378 positive cases (including 21 cases reported today) with 103 active positive cases, 3226 recovered (including 06 cases recovered today), 49 deaths; Ramban has 1841 positive cases (including 15 cases reported today) with 160 active positive, 1663 recoveries (including 03 cases recovered today) and 18 deaths; Kathua has 2683 positive cases (including 06 cases reported today) with 74 Active positive, 2574 recovered (including 08 cases recovered today), 35 deaths; Udhampur has 3302 positive cases (including 44 cases reported today) with 391 active positive cases, 2872 recovered (including 15 cases recovered today) and 39 deaths; Samba has 2368 positive cases (including 15 cases reported today) with 137 Active Positive, 2205 recoveries (including 41 cases recovered today) and 26 deaths; Doda has 2947 positive cases (including 29 cases reported today) with 171 active positive cases, 2724 recoveries (including 25 cases recovered today), 52 deaths; Poonch has 2369 positive cases (including 02cases reported today) with 73 active positive, 2274 recoveries (including 00 cases recovered today), 22 deaths; Reasi has 1414 positive cases with 60 active positive, 1345 recoveries and 09 deaths while Kishtwar has 2339 positive cases (including 17 cases reported today) with 165 active positive cases and 2158 recoveries (including 22 cases recovered today) and 16 deaths.

According to the bulletin, among the total 106548 positive cases in J&K, 10574 have been reported as travelers while 95974 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 998 vacant beds and 136 ICU beds where 82 beds are vacant in Jammu division while there are 2345 COVID dedicated beds, 2197 Isolation beds where 1726 beds are vacant and 148 ICU beds where 114 are vacant beds in Kashmir division. There are total of 3651 COVID dedicated beds, 3367 Isolation beds with 2724 beds vacant and 284 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 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 11.15 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.