Fresh spike in covid cases, administration yet to decide about the restrictions
By: Muzamil Bhat CK
JK administration has opened all the educational institutions private coaching centers, hospitals, nursing homes, markets and passenger transport even as in this month of March there has been a sharp increase in covid-19 cases.
While the district commissioner of Srinagar has already told his administration to go for slapping fines on the people who are not wearing the masks, there is little impact of such directions on those crowds who are moving around in the markets of Srinagar without adhering to any directions to stop the covid-19 virus to infect people.
In the recent past there is a sharp increase and even on Tuesday sitting MP of Srinagar Farooq Abdullah tested positive while his entire family has gone for self isolation.
In such circumstances it is the duty of administration to take the call of how to tackle the growing trend of infection especially in Srinagar city. According to the government figures available in the second wave of covid already reached 1568, which are two patients away from exhausting its COVID-dedicated bed capacity.
Kashmir has a bed capacity of 1570 for COVID19 patients at 15 hospitals, five of which are in Srinagar city according to the official data available to the media outlets here.
Meanwhile Kashmir walla has in its report on the increasing number of cases of the covid-19 said that Srinagar remains the worst-hit district in Kashmir and has 908 active-positive cases. On 1 March, there were 342 active positive cases in the city, which has increased by 165 percent by the end of the month.
The worrisome spike in the numbers, which is already overwhelming the health infrastructure, has come at a time when the region has been opened for the tourists.
Srinagar recorded 587 COVID19 travellers during March, compared to 2455 travellers who had tested positive during the first 12 months of the pandemic.
A senior doctor in the region warned that the “COVID is back, with vengeance”. “Our complacency would pay heavily,” he said.
“The number of cases nowadays are increasing manifold as against very slow rise last year same time,” he said.
The doctor further warned that the coming weeks would show an overwhelming number of COVID19 positive cases in Kashmir and suggested that people should “avoid clustering and congregations”.
The tourism-related events held in recent weeks had also witnessed a brazen violation of social distancing as large gatherings were allowed to attend the events.
Srinagar also recorded an increase in COVID19 death as five people died of the disease during the first three weeks of March and five died in the last week.
Kashmir region had faced a lockdown last year in March when the first case of COVID19 infection was detected in Srinagar’s old city.
With inputs from KW