JAMMU, JANUARY 15, 2021: The Government on Thursday informed that 79 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19), 30 from Jammu division and 49 from Kashmir division, have been reported today, thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 122964. Also 03 COVID-19 deaths have been reported from Kashmir Division.

Moreover, 237 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals including 125 from Jammu Division and 112 from Kashmir Division.

According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Corona virus (Covid-19), out of 122964 positive cases, 1468 are Active Positive, 119581 have recovered and 1915 have died; 712 in Jammu division and 1203 in Kashmir division.

The Bulletin further said that out of 4188783 test results available, 4065819 samples have been tested as negative till 14th January, 2021.

Till date 985055 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 32662 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 1468 in isolation and 43921 in home surveillance. Besides, 905089 persons have completed their surveillance period.

Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Srinagar has 25723 positive cases (including 26 cases reported today) with 192 Active Positive, 25078 recovered (including 31 cases recovered today), 453 deaths; Baramulla has 8050 positive cases (including 03 cases reported today) with 67 Active Positive, 7811 recovered (including 01case recovered today), 172 deaths; Budgam reported 7694 positive cases (including 04 cases reported today) with 54 active positive cases, 7527 recovered (including 12 cases recovered today), 113 deaths; Pulwama has 5655 positive cases (including 04 cases reported today) with 82 Active Positive, 5485 recovered (including 19 cases recovered today)and 88 deaths;Kupwara has 5608 positive cases (including 01case reported today) with 73 Active Positive, 5441 recoveries (including 08 cases recovered today), 94 deaths; Anantnag district has 4839 positive cases (including 03 cases reported today) with 54 Active Positive, 4701 recovered (including 04 cases recovered today), 84 deaths; Bandipora has 4676 positive caseswith (including 01case reported today)39 Active Positive and 4576 recoveries (including 02 cases recovered today), 61 deaths; Ganderbal has 4546 positive cases (including 05 cases reported today) with 73 Active Positive, 4427 recoveries (including 18 recoveries today)and 46 deaths; Kulgam has 2674 positive cases (including 02 cases reported today)with 46 Active Positive, 2575 recoveries (including 03 cases recovered today)and 53 deaths while as Shopian has 2536 positive caseswith70 active positive cases, 2427 (including 14 cases recovered today) and 39 deaths.

Similarly, Jammu has 24498 positive cases (including 23 cases reported today) with 411 active positive cases, 23722 recoveries (including 52 cases recovered today), 365 deaths; Udhampur has 4176 positive cases (including 04 cases reported today) with 91 active positive cases, 4028 recovered (including 03 cases recovered today)and 57 deaths; Rajouri has 3862 positive caseswith 28 active positive, 3779 recoveries (including 10 cases recovered today) and 55 deaths; Doda has 3426 positive cases (including 01 casereported today)with 29 Active positive, 3333 recovered (including 05 cases recovered today)and 64 deaths; Kathua has 3242 positive cases (including 01case recovered today) with 10 active positive cases, 3182 recovered (including 02 cases recovered today) and 50 deaths; Kishtwar has 2729 positive caseswith 08 Active Positive, 2699 recoveries;22 deaths; Samba has 2807 positive caseswith 96 active positive cases, 2672 recoveries (including 53 cases recovered today)and 39 deaths; Poonch has 2469 positive caseswith 29 active positive, 2416 recoveriesand 24 deaths; Ramban has 2121 positive cases (including 01 case reported today)with 11 active positive, 2089 recoveriesand 21 deaths while Reasi has 1633 positive with 05 active positive cases, 1613 recoveriesand 15 deaths.

According to the bulletin, among the total 122964 positive cases in J&K, 11410 have been reported as travelers while 111554 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 1321 COVID dedicated beds, 1185 Isolation beds with 1156 vacant beds and 136 ICU beds where 112 beds are vacant in Jammu division while there are 2345 COVID dedicated beds, 2197 Isolation beds where 2064 beds are vacant and 148 ICU beds where 136are vacant beds in Kashmir division. There are a total of 3666 COVID dedicated beds, 3382 Isolation beds with 3220 beds vacant and 284 ICU beds with 248 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 12.43 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.