STATE TIMES NEWSSrinagar: The number of COVID-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir zoomed past the 60,000-mark on Friday as the union territory recorded 1,330 fresh cases, while 15 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 966, officials said.It was for the 16th consecutive day that the number of fresh cases has crossed 1000 in a 24-hour period.
MHA asks states, UTs to ensure free movement of oxygen carrying vehiclesNew Delhi: The Union Home Ministry on Friday asked all states to ensure free movement of oxygen carrying vehicles without any restriction as medical oxygen is an important pre-requisite for managing moderate and severe COVID-19 cases. In a communication to chief secretaries of all states and union territories, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said it has come to the notice that some states are trying to curb inter-state movement of oxygen supplies from manufacturing units situated in their respective areas.Some states are also mandating manufacturers and suppliers located in the state to restrict their oxygen supplies to the hospitals of the state, he said.Bhalla said availability of adequate and uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen is an important pre-requisite for managing moderate and severe cases of COVID- 19 and with increasing number of active cases, the consumption of oxygen is also expected to increase.He said it is emphasised that medical oxygen is an essential public health commodity and any impediment in the supply of medical oxygen in the country may critically impact the management of patients suffering from COVID-19 in other parts of the country.State and union territories have been asked to ensure no such restriction is imposed on the movement of medical oxygen between states and transport authorities shall be instructed to accordingly allow free inter-state movement of oxygen carrying vehicles , according to the communication.It also said that no restrictions shall be imposed on oxygen manufacturers and suppliers to limit the oxygen supplies only to the hospitals of the state in which they are located and there shall be free movement of oxygen carrying vehicles into the cities, without any restriction of timings, while also enabling inter-city supply without restriction”.The home secretary also requested that all states and union territories may constitute multi-disciplinary teams, comprising representatives of the health, industry, transport and other related departments, to continuously monitor the availability of medical oxygen in their respective jurisdictions.The home ministry said any shortfalls or related problems that are encountered in this regard, should be immediately brought to the notice of the Central Control Room that has been established in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).Bhalla also referred to the Unlock-4 guidelines where it was clearly mentioned that the lockdown is limited to the COVID containment zones and all activities are permitted outside the containment zone except few prohibited activities.“Further, there shall be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods,” he said.
The UT recorded 1,330 fresh cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours — 672 in Jammu and 658 in the Kashmir Valley,” the officials said. The cumulative figure of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir has now gone past the 60,000-mark to 61,041.Srinagar district reported the highest number of 237 new cases, followed by 221 in Jammu district, the officials said.There are 20,770 active cases of coronavirus, while 39,305 patients have recovered so far, they said.A total of 15 deaths took place in the past 24 hours in the UT 10 in Jammu and five in the valley — taking the death toll to 966, the officials said.According to the daily Media Bulletin, out of 61,041 positive cases, 20,770 are Active Positive, 39,305 have recovered and 966 have died; 209 in Jammu division and 757 in Kashmir division.The Bulletin further said that out of 13,45,750 test results available, 12,84,709 samples have been tested as negative till September 18, 2020.Till date 5,38,621 travelers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for observation which included 28,841 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 20,770 in isolation and 65,546 under home surveillance. Besides, 4,22,498 persons have completed their surveillance period.Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Srinagar has 12,637 positive cases (including 237 cases reported today) with 2,091 Active Positive, 10,285 recovered (including 169 cases recovered today), 261 deaths; Baramulla has 3,726 positive cases (including 64 cases reported today) with 1,070 Active Positive, 2,542 recovered (including 61 cases reported today), 114 deaths; Pulwama reported 3,413 positive cases (including 41 cases reported today) with 486 active positive cases, 2,864 recovered (including 43 cases recovered today), 63 deaths; Kulgam has 2,154 positive cases (including 19 cases reported today) with 145 Active Positive, 1,966 recoveries (including 8 cases recovered today), 43 deaths; Shopian has 1,916 positive cases (including 14 cases reported today) with 183 Active Positive, 1,703 recovered, 30 deaths; Anantnag district has 3,151 positive cases (including 60 cases reported today) with 802 Active Positive, 2,295 recovered (including 44 cases recovered today), 54 deaths; Budgam has 4,217 positive cases (including 62 cases reported today) with 1,634 Active Positive and 2,508 recovered (including 41 cases recovered today), 75 deaths; Kupwara has 3,079 positive cases (including 52 cases reported today) with 926 Active Positive, 2,093 recovered (including 38 cases recovered today), 60 deaths; Bandipora has 3,083 positive cases (including 65 cases reported today) with 1,018 Active Positive, 2,034 recovered (including 61 cases recovered today), 31 deaths and Ganderbal has 2,410 positive cases (including 44 cases reported today) with 592 active positive cases, 1,792 recoveries (including 25 cases recovered today) and 26 deaths.Similarly, Jammu has 9,650 positive cases (including 221 cases reported today) with 6,187 active positive cases, 3,343 recoveries (including 145 cases recovered today), 120 deaths; Rajouri has 1,923 positive cases (including 62 cases reported today) with 1,025 active positive cases, 878 recovered (including 1 case recovered today), 20 deaths; Ramban has 969 positive cases (including 47 cases reported today) with 279 active positive, 685 recoveries (including 19 cases recovered today), 5 deaths; Kathua has 1619 positive cases (including 42 cases reported today) with 616 Active positive, 989 recovered (including 25 cases recovered today), 14 deaths; Udhampur has 1,716 positive cases (including 31 cases reported today) with 748 active positive cases, 959 recovered (including 53 cases recovered today), 9 deaths; Samba has 1,296 positive cases (including 53 cases reported today) with 635 Active Positive, 651 recoveries (including 18 cases recovered today), 10 deaths; Doda has 1,350 positive cases (including 86 cases reported today) with 826 active positive cases, 507 recoveries (including 3 cases recovered today), 17 deaths; Poonch has 1,239 positive cases (including 77 cases reported today) with 795 active positive, 437 recoveries (including 5 cases recovered today), 7 deaths; Reasi has 701 positive cases (including 18 cases reported today) with 312 active positive, 385 recoveries and 4 deaths while Kishtwar has 792 positive cases (including 35 cases reported today) with 400 active positive cases and 389 recoveries (including 25 cases recovered today) and 3 deaths.According to the bulletin, of the total 61,041 positive cases in J&K 8,083 have been reported as travelers while 52,958 as others.
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