The Government on Saturday informed that 610 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19), 118 from Jammu division and 492 from Kashmir division, have been reported today thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 31981. Also 15 COVID-19 deaths have been reported; 04 from Jammu division and 11 from Kashmir Division.

Moreover, 593 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals, 141 from Jammu Division and 452 from Kashmir Division.

According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Corona virus (Covid-19), out of 31981 positive cases, 6975 are Active Positive, 24398 have recovered and 608 have died; 45 in Jammu division and 563 in Kashmir division.

The Bulletin further said that out of 855991 test results available, 824010 samples have been tested as negative till August 22, 2020.

Additionally, till date 430647 travelers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for observation which included 43363 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 6975 in isolation and 42948 under home surveillance. Besides, 336753 persons have completed their surveillance period.

Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Srinagar has 7821 positive cases (including 211 cases reported today) with 1249 Active Positive, 6378 recovered (including 190 cases recovered today), 194 deaths; Baramulla has 2606 positive cases (including 20 cases reported today) with 563 Active Positive, 1950 recovered (including 41 cases reported today), 93 deaths; Pulwama reported 2278 positive cases (including 42 cases reported today) with 437 active positive cases, 1798 recovered (including 17 cases recovered today), 43 deaths; Kulgam has 1812 positive cases (including 17 cases reported today) with 226 Active Positive, 1555 recoveries (including 26 cases recovered today), 31 deaths; Shopian has 1622 positive cases (including 05 cases reported today) with 107 Active Positive, 1488 recovered (including 22 cases recovered today), 27 deaths; Anantnag district has 2040 positive cases (including 48 cases reported today) with 428 Active Positive, 1567 recovered (including 52 cases recovered today), 45 deaths; Budgam has 2089 positive cases (including 42 cases reported today) with 567 Active Positive and 1470 recovered (including 31 cases recovered today), 52 deaths; Kupwara has 1780 positive cases (including 27 cases reported today) with 531 Active Positive, 1208 recovered (including 09 cases recovered today), 41 deaths; Bandipora has 1794 positive cases (including 46 cases reported today) with 835 Active Positive, 936 recovered (including 62 cases recovered today), 23 deaths and Ganderbal has 1145 positive cases (including 34 cases reported today) with 576 active positive cases, 555 recoveries (including 02 cases reported today) and 14 deaths.

Similarly, Jammu has 2262 positive cases (including 66 cases reported today) with 633 active positive cases, 1599 recoveries (including 88 cases recovered today), 30 deaths; Rajouri has 808 positive cases (including 04 cases reported today) with 64 active positive cases, 741 recovered (including 33 cases reported today), 03 deaths; Ramban has 634 positive cases with 25 active positive, 608 recoveries, 01 death; Kathua has 718 positive cases (including 12 cases reported today) with 123 Active positive, 594 recovered (including 04 cases recovered today), 01 death; Udhampur has 705 positive cases (including 12 cases reported today) with 90 active positive cases, 613 recovered (including 06 cases recovered today), 02 deaths; Samba has 616 positive cases (including 06 cases reported today) with 183 Active Positive, 431 recoveries, 02 deaths; Doda has 368 positive cases (including 05 cases reported today) with 58 active positive cases, 308 recoveries (including 03 cases recovered today), 02 deaths; Poonch has 343 positive cases (including 06 cases reported today) with 64 active positive, 276 recoveries (including 06 cases recovered today), 03 deaths; Reasi has 349 positive cases (including 07 cases reported today) with 196 active positive, 153 recoveries (including 01 case recovered today) and Kishtwar has 191 positive cases with 20 active positive cases and 170 recoveries and 01 death .

According to the bulletin, of the total 31981 positive cases in J&K 5840 have been reported as travelers while 26141 as others.

The Bulletin said that the breakup represents districts from which the patients have been traced or are ordinarily residing.

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-tussive, bronchodilator, etc properties during the COVID-19 pandemic. The department so far has provided medicine to 8.18 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 ensued 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 rumours and pay no heed to them at the same time.