J&K reports 4,356 new COVID cases, 55 deaths


Govt claims comfortable oxygen supply in Jammu Province


JAMMU/SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday recorded 4,356 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 2,33,763, while 55 deaths in the past 24 hours pushed the toll to 2,967, officials said.
Out of the fresh cases, 1,771 were from the Jammu Division and 2,585 from the Kashmir Division of the union territory, they said.
The officials said Srinagar district recorded the highest of 872 cases, followed by 624 in Jammu district and 304 in Anantnag district.
The number of active cases has reached 52,848 in the union territory, while 1,77,948 patients have recovered so far, they said.
The police has arrested 92 persons and lodged 41 FIRs, besides realising fine to the tune of Rs 76,090 from 460 people for violating the COVID guidelines on Kashmir valley, a police spokesman said.

Gap between two doses of Covishield extended from 6-8 weeks to 12-16 weeks

JAMMU: The government has accepted the COVID-19 Working Group’s recommendation for extending the gap between the two doses of the Covishield vaccine from 6-8 weeks to 12-16 weeks, the Union health ministry said, while announcing the extension on Thursday.
However, no change has been suggested for the dosage interval for Covaxin, it said.
“Based on the available real-life evidences, particularly from the UK, the COVID-19 Working Group agreed for increasing the dosing interval to 12-16 weeks between two doses of Covishield vaccine. No change in interval of Covaxin vaccine doses was recommended,” the ministry said.
The present gap between two doses of Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, is 6-8 weeks.
“The recommendation of the COVID-19 Working Group was accepted by the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC), headed by Dr V K Paul, Member (Health), Niti Aayog, in its meeting on May 12, 2021,” the ministry said.
It has accepted this recommendation of the COVID-19 Working Group of extension of the gap between the first and second doses of Covishield to 12-16 weeks, the health ministry added.
The COVID-19 Working Group is chaired by Dr N K Arora, who is director at the INCLEN Trust.
Its members comprise Dr Rakesh Agarwal, Director and Dean, JIPMER, Puducherry; Dr Gagandeep Kang, professor, Christian Medical College, Vellore; Dr J P Mulliyal, former professor, Christian Medical College, Vellore; Dr Naveen Khanna, Group Leader, International Centre For Genetic Engineering And Biotechnology (ICGEB), JNU, New Delhi; Dr Amulya Panda, Director, National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi; and Dr V G Somani, Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI).

Moreover, 2,995 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals including 1,228 from Jammu Division and 1,767 from Kashmir Division.
According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel Corona virus (Covid-19), out of 2,33,763 positive cases, 52,848 are Active Positive, 1,77,948 have recovered and 2,967 have died; 1,332 in Jammu division and 1,635 in Kashmir division.
The Bulletin further said that out of 78,19,421 test results available, 75,85,658 samples have been tested as negative till 13th May, 2021.
Till date 19,43,876 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 80,929 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 52,848 in isolation and 1,27,948 in home surveillance. Besides, 16,79,184 persons have completed their surveillance period.
Providing district-wise breakup, the Bulletin said that Srinagar has 56416 positive cases (including 872 cases reported today) with 10687 Active Positive, 45078recovered (including 928cases recovered today), 651 deaths; Baramulla

has 17533 positive cases (including 228 cases reported today)with 4098 Active Positive, 13220 recovered (including 219 cases recovered today), 215 deaths; Budgam reported 15132 positive cases (including 288 cases reported today)with 3987 active positive cases, 10998 recovered (including 150 cases recovered today), 147 deaths; Pulwama has 10008 positive cases (including 262 cases reported today)with 2511 Active Positive, 7368 recovered (including 151 cases recovered today)and 129 deaths; Kupwara has 8974 positive cases (including 186 cases reported today), 1744 Active Positive, 7118 recoveries (including 63 cases recovered today), 112 deaths; Anantnag district has 11063 positive cases (including 304 cases reported today)with 4166 Active Positive, 6788 recovered (including 51 cases recovered today), 129 deaths; Bandipora has 6617 positive cases (including 118 cases reported today), with 875 Active Positive and 5670 recoveries (including 68 cases recovered today),72 deaths; Ganderbal has 6638 positive cases (including 92 cases reported today)with 1087 Active Positive, 5490 recoveries (including 35 cases recovered today) and 61 deaths; Kulgam has 7300 positive cases (including 165 cases reported today)with 3443 Active Positive, 3782 recoveries (including 66 cases recovered today)and 75 deaths while as Shopian has 4316 positive cases (including 70 cases reported today),1304 active positive cases, 2968 recoveries (including 36 cases recovered today) and 44 deaths.
Similarly, Jammu has 42442 positive cases (including 624 cases reported today) with 7589 active positive cases, 34095 recoveries (including 723 cases recovered today), 758 deaths; Udhampur has 8266 positive cases (including 282 cases reported today), 1557 active positive cases, 6622 recoveries (including 141 cases recovered today) and 87 deaths; Rajouri has 7451 positive cases (including 227 cases reported today)with 3060 active positive, 4277 recoveries (including 97 cases recovered today)and 114 deaths; Doda has 4519 positive cases (including 82 cases reported today)with 776 Active positive, 3671 recovered and 72 deaths; Kathua has 6770 positive cases (including 157 cases reported today), 1579 active positive cases, 5103 recovered(including 156 cases recovered today) and 88 deaths; Kishtwar has 3413 positive cases (including 80 cases reported today)with 397 Active Positive, 2990 recoveries and 26 deaths; Samba has 5203 positive cases (including 107 cases reported today)with 1670 active positive cases, 3456 recoveries and 77 deaths; Poonch has 3958 positive cases (including 94 cases reported today)with 1008 active positive, 2899 recoveries (including 07 cases recovered today)and 51 deaths; Ramban has 3461 positive cases (including 43 cases reported today)with 668 active positive cases, 2756 recoveries (including 10 cases recovered today)and 37 deaths while Reasi has 4283 positive (including 75 cases reported today)with 642 active positive cases, 3619 recoveries (including 94 cases recovered today)and 22 deaths.
Meanwhile, the Oxygen supply, in the wake of prevailing global pandemic, is quite comfortable in hospitals of Jammu province with enough oxygen production to cater to the requirement of COVID -19 patients of the region, claimed the Incharge Oxygen GMC and Deputy Medical Superintendent, Super Specialty Hospital, Dr Harjeet Rai.

Elaborating on the status of oxygen availability in health institutions of the region, he said: ‘It is our earnest endeavor to ensure that no patient suffers for need of oxygen supply during this crucial time of worldwide epidemic”, while assuring the public of sufficient availability of oxygen in hospitals of Jammu province.
He said that the number of beds with oxygen support has been increased manifold to facilitate the COVID -19 patients.
Detailing further on efforts being made to tackle effectively with the dreaded virus, Dr Rai said that the Government Medical College Jammu has a huge reservoir for liquid medical oxygen, LMO with a capacity of 20 thousand kilo litre. The reservoir was established last year in the backdrop of COVID pandemic, he added, saying that an oxygen manifold system has also been installed which provides a primary flow of gas to the patients through regulators, gauges and relief valves. He informed that there is a 1200 lpm oxygen generation plant which caters to non-COVID patients.
‘Regular supply of oxygen through oxygen generation plants, oxygen manifolds and LMO is being provided to critical care wards, high dependency care units, isolation wards, CCUs and Ward 3 besides high end ventilators are also in service of the critical patients’, he affirmed.
Dr Harjeet said that immediately after the first wave of COVID struck Jammu, the UT administration flung into action and sanctioned construction of a number of oxygen generation plants in the region. Some of the new plants at Jammu have been set up in Chest Disease and TB Hospital, Government Hospital Gandhi Nagar and Government Medical College Jammu, he added. Apart from these, such plants have also been constructed at Government Medical College Kathua, District Hospital Samba and District Hospital Reasi. From the capacity of filling 1400-1500 oxygen cylinders, of 7 cubic milimeter capacity, we are now able to fill around 3000 cylinders a day’, he informed.
He also acknowledged the contribution of the Government of India towards increasing the oxygen quota for J&K from 10 MT to 35 MT during the pandemic. He also appreciated the way the government is encouraging and assisting private oxygen generation plants. He informed that the Department of Industries & Commerce has launched a 24×7 War Room for providing supply of oxygen cylinders for other non-COVID patients getting care and treatment at home. The War Room can be reached at mobile numbers 9469593931 and 9469593933.
Moreover, the J & K Government has started a live phone-in health programme on Gulistan channel which is being aired twice daily from 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM and 8:30 PM to 9:00 PM in which eminent doctors respond to public queries about the pandemic.
Regarding complaints of oxygen leakage in the hospital, Dr Rai clarified that it was the result of a safety mechanism which prevents gas pressure from reaching unsafe levels.
Pertinently, all COVID related queries and doubts can be cleared on the helpline number 0191 2571616. Public can also call the Divisional Control Room at 0191-2520982, 2549676, 2674444, 2674115, 2674908 and seek information related to COVID treatment, home isolation and other non-COVID health problems.