COVID-19: Kashmir surpasses 150 mark, worst fears coming true

COVID-19: Kashmir surpasses 150 mark, worst fears coming true

Afaq Bhat
Srinagar, Apr 9: Worst fears of administration and doctors about COVID-19 spreading within the community seem to be coming true as the number of positive cases in Kashmir surpassed 150-mark on Thursday.
Jammu and Kashmir UT spokesman Rohit Kansal said that results are coming fast due to aggressive testing. “The J&K administration deserves all credit for being prompt about keeping the people informed about the status of the cases,” said an analyst.
He said, “Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in J&K, administration has been on toes. The contact tracing and screening the people coming from outside and then sending them into quarantine has helped in containing the COVID-19 to a great extent.”
The analyst said that during past few days many such people have tested positive, who didn’t have any travel history. “Five members of a Srinagar family tested positive without even moving out of the city. The family claimed that they haven’t even met anyone, who tested positive for the COVID-19. A man from Tangmarg area, who became the second COVID-19 causality in Kashmir too had no travel history. These are very disturbing indications.”
Recently a flu expert stated that “worst fears about COVID-19 transmitting into the community are coming true, and people have to remain extra cautious.”
“It’s very difficult to trace a suspect as he or she remains asymptomatic for at least 7 to 10 days or even more. In J&K we have succeeded in detecting the cases at a rapid pace due to administration stressing on contact tracing and testing. Had the people at the helm slept over the issue, it would have been very difficult for us to know who could be the COVID-19 suspect. There are complaints at some places but overall the administration has managed to keep a check,” said an observer.
He said, “In the past few days positive cases have increased drastically. On Wednesday Kashmir recorded 33 positive cases. On Thursday 24 more tested positive in the Valley. In two days 57 people have tested positive for the COVID-19.”
The observer said, “The only solace for people at this point of time is that doctors are assuring that most of the COVID-19 positive patients do recover, but ones who are put on ventilators find it difficult to make it.”
An expert said, “If young people with strong immune system are found positive, they have very high chances of recovery but if the people with weak immune system and other health related issues are hit their survival chances remain bleak. So the best medicine is to stay at home to stay safe. Let’s not invite the virus by venturing out.”