JAMMU, NOVEMBER 30, 2020: The Government on Sunday informed that 471 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19), 260 from Jammu division and 211 from Kashmir division, have been reported today thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 109854. Also 05 COVID-19 deaths have been reported, 03 from Jammu Division and 02from Kashmir Division.

Moreover, 491 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals including 168 from Jammu Division and 323 from Kashmir Division.

According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Corona virus (Covid-19), out of 109854 positive cases, 5087 are Active Positive, 103082 have recovered and 1685 have died; 584 in Jammu division and 1101 in Kashmir division.

The Bulletin further said that out of 2995668 test results available, 2885814 samples have been tested as negative till November 29, 2020.

Till date 786587 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 20673 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 5087 in isolation and 39874 in home surveillance. Besides, 719268 persons have completed their surveillance period.

Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Srinagar has 22975 positive cases (including 86 cases reported today) with 1165 Active Positive, 21394 recovered (including 126 cases recovered today), 416 deaths; Baramulla has 7437 positive cases (including 31 cases reported today) with 323 Active Positive, 6951 recovered (including 59 cases recovered today), 163 deaths; Budgam reported 6876 positive cases (including 21 cases reported today) with 255 active positive cases, 6521 recovered (including 53cases recovered today), 100 deaths; Pulwama has 5087 positive cases (including 16 cases reported today) with 147 Active Positive, 4854 recoveries (including 21 cases recovered today), 86 deaths; Kupwara has 5192 positive cases (including 14 cases reported today) with 242Active Positive, 4867 recovered (including 27 cases recovered today) and 83 deaths; Anantnag district has 4546 positive cases (including 12 cases reported today) with 131 Active Positive, 4337 recovered (including 06 cases recovered today), 78 deaths; Bandipora has 4410 positive cases (including 15 cases reported today) with 145 Active Positive and 4215 recoveries(including 08 cases recovered today), 50 deaths; Ganderbal has 4184positive cases (including 06 cases reported today) with 194 Active Positive, 3952 recoveries (including 18 cases recovered today), 38deaths; Kulgam has 2591 positive cases (including 01 case reported today) with 51 Active Positive, 2490 recoveries and 50 deaths while as Shopian has 2348 positive cases (including 09 cases reported today) with 74 active positive cases, 2237 recoveries (including 05 cases recovered today)and 37 deaths.

Similarly, Jammu has 20596 positive cases (including 122 cases reported today) with 670 active positive cases, 19628 recoveries (including 104 cases recovered today), 298 deaths; Rajouri has 3470 positive cases (including 24 cases reported today) with 142 active positive cases, 3279 recovered (including 06 cases recovered today), 49 deaths; Udhampur has 3539 positive cases (including 26 cases reported today) with 462 active positive, 3028 recoveries (including 09 cases recovered today) and 49 deaths; Doda has 3106 positive cases (including 22 cases reported today) with 237 Active positive, 2813 recovered (including 22 cases recovered today), 56 deaths; Kathua has 2785 positive cases (including 14 cases reported today) with 107 active positive cases, 2642 recovered (including 07 cases recovered today) and 36 deaths; Poonch has 2390 positive cases (including 02 cases reported today) with 58 Active Positive, 2310 recoveries (including 04 cases recovered today)and 22 deaths; Samba has 2465 positive cases (including 15 cases reported today) with 195 active positive cases, 2239 recoveries and 31 deaths; Kishtwar has 2478 positive cases (including 17 cases reported today) with 269 active positive, 2193 recoveries (including 16 cases recovered today) and 16 deaths; Ramban has 1920 positive cases (including 17 cases reported today) with 132 active positive, 1770 recoveries and 18 deaths while Reasi has 1459 positive cases (including 01 case reported today) with 88 active positive cases, 1362 recoveries and 09 deaths.

According to the bulletin, among the total 109854 positive cases in J&K, 10738 have been reported as travelers while 99116 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 1000 vacant beds and 136 ICU beds where 80 beds are vacant in Jammu division while there are 2345 COVID dedicated beds, 2197 Isolation beds where 1777 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 2777 beds vacant and 284 ICU beds with 197 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 11.36 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.