ammu and Kashmir on Tuesday reported 97 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19), 19 from Jammu division and 78 from Kashmir division, thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 127831. Also 02 COVID-19 deaths have been reported, 01 from Jammu Division & 01 from Kashmir Division.
Moreover, 59 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals including 02 from Jammu Division and 57 from Kashmir Division.
According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Corona virus (Covid-19), out of 127831 positive cases, 973 are Active Positive, 124882 have recovered and 1976 have died; 731 in Jammu division and 1245 in Kashmir division.
The Bulletin further said that out of 5606242test results available, 5478411 samples have been tested as negative till 16thMarch, 2021.
Till date 1399729 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 29839 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 973 in isolation and 120604 in home surveillance. Besides, 1246337 persons have completed their surveillance period.
According to the bulletin, among the total 127831 positive cases in J&K, 12680 have been reported as travelers while 115151 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 1091 COVID dedicated beds, 962 Isolation beds with 957 vacant beds and 129 ICU beds where 121 beds are vacant in Jammu division while there are 1570 COVID dedicated beds, 1484 Isolation beds where 1421 beds are vacant and 86 ICU beds where 78are vacant beds in Kashmir division. There are a total of 2661 COVID dedicated beds, 2446 Isolation beds with 2378 beds vacant and 215 ICU beds with 199vacant 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.
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.”