Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing an increase in coronavirus positive cases at a pace of 8.12% this year, according to officials.
“The situation is challenging if we compare it with last year’s April figures, he added. J&K on Friday saw 1937 people testing positive for the coronavirus, taking the number of active positive patients to around 16,993.
According to the govt media bulletin, among the total 156344 positive cases in J&K, 18164 have been reported as travelers while 138180 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 1047 COVID dedicated beds, 873 Isolation beds with 509 vacant beds and 174 ICU beds where 96 beds are vacant in Jammu division while there are 1632 COVID dedicated beds, 1521 Isolation beds where 996 beds are vacant and 111 ICU beds where 78are vacant beds in Kashmir division. There are a total of 2679 COVID dedicated beds, 2394 Isolation beds with 1505 beds vacant and 285 ICU beds with 174vacant 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 15.99 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.
Covid Variant Found In India Now In 44 Countries
Covid Variant Found In India In October Now In 44 Countries: WHO
The WHO said the B.1.617 variant of Covid-19, first found in India in October, had been detected in sequences uploaded to the GISAID open-access database “from 44 countries in all six WHO regions.”
The World Health Organization said Wednesday that a variant of Covid-19 behind the acceleration of India’s explosive outbreak has been found in dozens of countries all over the world.
The UN health agency said the B.1.617 variant of Covid-19, first found in India in October, had been detected in more than 4,500 samples uploaded to an open-access database “from 44 countries in all six WHO regions”.
Outside of India, it said that Britain has been the most affected and had reported the largest number of Covid cases caused by the variant.
Earlier this week, the WHO declared B.1.617 – which counts three so-called sub-lineages with slightly different mutations and characteristics – as a “variant of concern”.
It was therefore added to the list containing three other variants of Covid-19 — those first detected in Britain, Brazil and South Africa.
The variants are seen as more dangerous than the original version of the virus because they are either being more transmissible, deadly or able to get past some vaccine protections.
The WHO explained Wednesday that B.1.617 was added to the list because it appears to be transmitting more easily than the original virus, pointing to the “rapid increases in prevalence in multiple countries”.
WHO also pointed to “preliminary evidence” that the variant was more resistant to treatment with the monoclonal antibody Bamlanivimab, and also highlighted early lab studies indicating “limited reduction in neutralisation by antibodies”.
It stressed, though, that “real-world impacts” on the effectiveness of vaccines against the variant for instance “may be limited”.
WHO said the spread of B.1.617, alongside other more transmittable variants, appeared to be one of several factors fuelling India’s dramatic surge in new cases and deaths.
India — a country of 1.3 billion people — is the world’s second-most infected after the United States with nearly 23 million Covid-19 cases, and is currently recording more than 300,000 new cases and close to 4,000 deaths each day.
The new surge in cases has ravaged major cities, including the capital New Delhi and financial hub Mumbai, pushing hospitals to breaking point and leading to severe shortages in oxygen and beds.
“WHO found that resurgence and acceleration of Covid-19 transmission in India had several potential contributing factors, including increase in the proportion of cases of SARS-CoV-2 variants with potentially increased transmissibility,” it said.
It also pointed to “several religious and political mass gathering events which increased social mixing; and, under-use of and reduced adherence to public health and social measures”.
“The exact contributions of each of these factors on increased transmission in India are not well understood.”
WHO stressed that so far, only 0.1 percent of positive Covid tests in India had been genetically sequenced and uploaded to the GISAID database to identify the variant in question.
By the end of April, B.1.617.1 and B.1.617.2 accounted for 21 and seven percent respectively of all sequenced samples from India, it said.
“PM Cares Fund Ventilators in GMC Jammu to be audited”, Dr. Jitendra Singh
PM Cares Fund Ventilators in GMC to be audited as ordered by Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office, Dr. Jitendra Singh. He has called for the audit of ventilators under Prime Minister Cares Fund at the Government Medical College in Jammu.
After continuous efforts of JK Media to reach out to PMO about the ventilators condition in Jammu region, Dr. Jitendra Singh called for a high level meeting on a short notice. As per reports, he issued an order of daily bulletin on Covid situations and ventilators in Jammu.
“Called for Audit of Ventilators and Oxygen, regular issue of bulletin updating about the status of COVID management and keeping the public representatives informed about what is being done.” Dr. Jitendra Singh’s Facebook post read
“Engage services of UG/PG Medical students, Nursing students and Retd. Doctors/Paramedics and ask GMC doctors to surrender their rooms/chambers in Chopra Nursing Home so that the same could be used as Covid chambers.” it added
The meeting was attended by Advisor Sh Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar, Financial Commissioner Sh. Atal Dullu, Divisional Commissioner Sh. Raghav Langar, GMC Principal Dr. Shashi Sudan with others.
Muskan Langoo, Content writer, JK Media
COVID: Jammu and Kashmir reports 4,509 new COVID cases and 65 deaths
COVID: Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday recorded 4,509 new COVID cases, taking the tally in UT to 2,29,407, while 65 COVID deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours pushing the death toll to 2,912 in the Union Territory, officials said.
Out of the fresh COVID cases, 1,759 were reported from Jammu division and 2,750 cases were from the Kashmir division, they said.
The number of active COVID cases has reached 51,542 in the Union Territory, while 1,74,953 patients have recovered so far, the officials said.
The death toll due to the COVID reached 2,912 as 65 fresh fatalities – 46 in the Jammu region while 19 in the Kashmir valley were reported in the past 24 hours.
The officials said that Srinagar district recorded the highest number of COVID cases that is 863 cases, followed by 621 in Jammu district and 377 in Baramulla district.
Meanwhile, police have arrested 145 people and lodged 92 FIRs for violating COVID guidelines and realising fine to the tune of Rs 1,09,200 from 678 people for violating the COVID guidelines in the Kashmir valley, a spokesman said.
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