The first case of ‘Delta plus Variant’ of the Novel Coronavirus has been reported in Jammu, an official said.
Confirming the case, Dr Shashi Sudan Sharma, Principal, Government Medical College and Hospital, Jammu said, “around ten days ago, a sample was received from Katra and the same was sent to Delhi for testing.”
“As per report it was confirmed ‘Delta plus Variant’ but the history/background of the patient is not known,” she said adding that either the carrier was local or a traveler to Katra is not yet ascertained.
Scientists around the World and in India are concerned about ‘Delta Plus’, an emerging form of the Delta variant of the novel coronavirus, which allows it to “escape” antibodies in recently approved treatment regimes.
COVID19: J&K reports 118 new positive cases, 315908 recovered so far
The Government on Saturday informed that 118 new positive cases of novel Corona virus (COVID-19), 40 from Jammu division and 78 from Kashmir division, have been reported today, thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 321462.
Moreover, 113 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals including 43 from Jammu Division and 70from Kashmir Division.
Besides this, 99.46 percent of population above the age of 45 years has been vaccinated across the Jammu and Kashmir.
The Bulletin also informs that No confirmed case of Mucormycosis has been reported today, thus the total number of confirmed cases remains 35 in the UT of J&K.
According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Corona virus (Covid-19), out of 321462 positive cases, 1176are Active Positive, 315908 have recovered and 4378 have died; 2142 in Jammu division and 2236 in Kashmir division.
The Bulletin further said that out of 11718976 test results available, 11397514 samples have been tested as negative till today.
Till date 2845857 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 8909 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 1176 in isolation and 353482 in home surveillance. Besides, 2477912 persons have completed their surveillance period.
Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Srinagar has 71389 positive cases (including 19 cases reported today) with 318 Active Positive, 70239 recovered (including 16 cases recovered today), 832 deaths; Baramulla has 23625 positive cases (including 15 cases reported today) with 114 Active Positive, 23229 recovered (including 08 cases recovered today), 282 deaths; Budgam reported 22895 positive cases (including 09 cases reported today) with 68 active positive cases, 22622 recovered (including 07 cases recovered today), 205 deaths; Pulwama has 15188 positive cases (including 14 cases recovered today) with 48 Active Positive, 14946 recovered (including 18 cases recovered today)and 194 deaths; Kupwara has 14065 positive cases (including 05 cases reported today), 34 Active Positive, 13866 recoveries (including 05 cases recovered today), 165 deaths; Anantnag district has 16323 positive cases (including 01 cases reported today)with 37 Active Positive, 16081 recovered (including 02 cases recovered today), 205 deaths; Bandipora has 9468 positive cases (including 01 cases reported today) with 11 Active Positive, 9357 recoveries (including 07 cases recovered today), 100 deaths; Ganderbal has 9907 positive cases (including 10 cases reported today) with 51 Active Positive, 9778 recoveries (including 07 cases recovered today) and 78 deaths; Kulgam has 11261 positive cases (including 04 cases reported today)with 30 Active Positive, 11114 recoveries and 117 deaths while as Shopian has 5584 positive cases with 10 active positive cases, 5516recoveriesand 58 deaths.
Similarly, Jammu has 52764 positive cases (including 10 cases reported today) with 111 active positive cases, 51514 recoveries (including 16 cases recovered today), 1139 deaths; Udhampur has 11296 positive cases (including 05 cases reported today), 31 active positive cases, 11130 recoveries (including 01 cases recovered today) and 135 deaths; Rajouri has 10929 positive cases (including 02 cases reported today) 47 active positive, 10657 recoveries (including 06 cases recovered today) and 225 deaths; Doda has 7251 positive cases (including 10 cases reported today) with 95 Active positive, 7031 recovered (including 07 cases recovered today) and 125 deaths; Kathua has 9262 positive cases with 05 active positive cases, 9106 recovered and 151 deaths; Samba has 7123positive cases with 13 active positive cases, 6991 recoveries and 119 deaths; Kishtwar has 4641 positive cases (including 02 cases reported today) with 32 Active Positive, 4565 recoveries (including 06 cases recovered today) and 44 deaths; Poonch has 6263 positive cases (including 02 cases reported today) with 34 active positive, 6134 recoveries (including 06 cases recovered today) and 95 deaths; Ramban has 5966positive cases (including 01 cases reported today)with 23 active positive cases, 5877 recoveries (including 01 cases recovered today)and 66 deaths while Reasi has 6262 positive cases (including 08 cases reported today)with 64 active positive cases, 6155recoveriesand 43 deaths.
According to the bulletin, among the total 321462 positive cases in J&K, 22846 have been reported as travelers while 298616 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 2423 COVID dedicated beds, 2019 Isolation beds with 1991 vacant beds and 404 ICU beds where 391 beds are vacant in Jammu division while there are 3353 COVID dedicated beds, 3074 Isolation beds where 3032 beds are vacant and 279 ICU beds where 239 are vacant beds in Kashmir division. There are a total of 5776 COVID dedicated beds, 5093 Isolation beds with 5023 beds vacant and 683 ICU beds with 630 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 e-sanjeevani OPD app from Google play store.
To ensure public convenience and avoid chaos & panic crowding at tertiary care hospitals, COVID-19 Triage Facility has been started in Jammu at (i) Chest Disease Hospital, Jammu (opposite GMC Hospital Complex, Jammu, Triage CD Hospital Jammu Contact No.-9541925371, 0191-2561000), (ii) Govt Hospital Gandhinagar (Old Block) Contact No.0191-2459300 and in Srinagar at (i) National Institute of Technology Campus, Hazratbal, Srinagar, Contact No. 9419006991& (ii) SKIMS-JVC Bemina, Contact No. 7006617821, that shall act as “first arrival point” for screening of any COVID +ve patient intending to get admitted in Govt. Medical College Jammu/ Srinagar & Associated Hospitals, SKIMS Soura and other identified dedicated COVID Hospitals under Directorate of Health Services Jammu/ Kashmir.
For COVID +ve cases in periphery areas and districts other than Jammu/ Srinagar, the triage point shall be the concerned District Hospital / New GMCs (Doda/ Kathua/ Rajouri/ Baramulla/ Anantnag). Admission of such patients from these districts to GMC Jammu/ Srinagar, SKIMS Soura etc shall be strictly on referral basis only.
Besides, 24×7 Rapid Antigen Testing facilities for COVID-19 have 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 22.12 lakh people that include various frontline workers, senior citizens, PRIs, police/paramilitary personnel 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.
India reports 43,509 fresh COVID-19 cases, recovery rate at 97.38 pc
India reported 43,509 fresh COVID-19 infections, 38,465 recoveries in the last 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday.
With this, the total recoveries have reached 3,07,01,612 and the recovery rate now stands at 97.38 percent.
The country’s active caseload climbed to 4,03,840 which constitutes 1.28 percent of total cases.
The Union Ministry also informed that the weekly positivity rate in the country remained below 5 percent and is currently at 2.38 percent. Also, the daily positivity rate is at 2.52 percent.
To continue the battle against the Coronavirus, the country ramped up its COVID-19 testing capacity substantially to 46 crores (46,26,29,773) tests so far.
Also, as far as the COVID-19 vaccination drive is concerned, cumulatively, 45,07,06,257 vaccine doses have been administered through 54,11,501 sessions, as per the provisional report till 8 am today.
“43,92,697 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours”, read the ministry’s release.
Less than 50,000 daily new cases have been reported since 32 continuous days. This is a result of sustained and collaborative efforts by the Centre and the States/UTs, informed the ministry.
160 fresh covid-19 cases, one death reported in J-K
Jammu and Kashmir reported 160 new covid-19 cases even as one person succumbed to the contagion in the last 24 hours, officials said on Wednesday.
They said 60 of the cases were reported from Jammu Division and 100 from Kashmir Valley, taking the case tally to 321026.
Providing the district-wide details, the officials said that Srinagar reported 42 cases, Baramulla 20, Budgam 12, Pulwama 0, Kupwara 6, Anantnag 4, Bandipora 1, Ganderbal 13, Kulgam 1, Shopian 1, Jammu 8, Udhampur 6, Rajouri 6, Doda 8, Kathua 1, Samba 1, Kishtwar 2, Poonch 7, Ramban 7 and Reasi 14.
A number of these cases were confirmed at diagnostic labouratories of CD hospital and GMC Anantnag. The CD cases include male (43) from HMT, male (40) from Guzarbal, male (14) from Prichoo Pul, male (45) from Sirnoo Pul, female (70) from Tumlihal Pul, male (25) from Chakoora Pul, female (56) from Tral, female (50) from Kuchmulla, female (27) from Charsoo, female (15) from Doompora Pul, female (32) from Samboora, two males (23, 26) from B B Cantt Srg, female (48) from Lal Bazar Srg, two males (79, 98) and female (47) from Srg, male (45) from Pulwama, two males (75, 33) and female (70) from NA, male (30) from Drabgam, female (32) and male (45) from Batmaloo, male (25) from Bemina, male (42) and female (14) from Khanyar, male (39) from Hyderpora, male (37) from Zakura, female (50) from SR Gunj and female (42) from Baramulla.
The GMC Anantnag cases include female (22) from NA, female (27) from Jablipora Bij, male (48) from Tailwani, female (34) from Brienty, male (26) from Khanpora, female (62) from Kadder, male (68) from Aoudasoo, male (60) from Gadal Ang, female (60) from Nasoo Ang, male (70) from Kokernag Ang and male (20) from Fohar Siligam.
While there was one fresh death due to the virus, so far 4376 people have fallen victim to the pathogen in J&K—2140 in Jammu and 2236 in Kashmir.
Moreover, they said, 144 more COVID-19 patients in last 24 hours have recovered— 43 from Jammu Division and 101 from Kashmir, taking the number of people who have recovered in J&K to 315511. With this, there are now 1139 active cases—434 in Jammu and 705 in Kashmir.
There was no new confirmed case of mucormycosis (black fungus) reported today. So far 35 black fungus cases have been confirmed in J&K, the officials added.
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