Lockdown eases after 2 months, COVID-19 stays; ball in people’s court

Lockdown eases after 2 months, COVID-19 stays; ball in people’s court

Afaq Bhat
Srinagar, May 28: After two month of lockdown the government has eased the restrictions in many areas across Kashmir and the message is being conveyed to people that they should learn to live with COVID-19.
An analyst while talking to Precious Kashmir said that experts have realized that mortality rate due to the COVID-19 is not that high. “More than 1.2 lakh people have got infected due to this virus across the country but the death rate has been low and more than 40% people have recovered. In Jammu and Kashmir the number of infected people is nearing 2000 but so far 27 people have died across J&K,” he added.
The analyst said, “Rulers are looking at the low mortality rate.”
A few experts are of the opinion that every corona positive patient is not at risk of dying. “Any one of us can become positive. But it’s not necessary that we will develop symptoms. The virus doesn’t become deadly till it turns into COVID-19 and moves towards lungs. Many people recover even without knowing that they were corona positive,” said an expert.
But the expert was quick to add, “less mortality rate doesn’t mean that we will throw open everything and start believing that the COVID-19 has gone. People will have to follow social distancing in letter and spirit and will also have to refrain from traveling unnecessarily. In coming days markets are set to open and the public transport too will appear on the roads. Now its upto people to maintain social distance and keep themselves safe. No one will come to protect them. They have to take the precautionary measures on their own. The government has already issued the advisories and has hinted that restrictions are going. Now the ball is in the court of people.”
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary on recently said that administration has ordered for removing of barricades in all green and orange zones of the district for the smooth movement of people and emergency cases. “Massive deliberations are on with the various stakeholders on revival of economy and survival of livelihood and that final decision will be taken on May 31 when lockdown guidelines will be reviewed at Centre, State and UT levels.”
An observer said that the DC Srinagar has given a clear message that economy has to be revived and the final decision in this regard is going to come on May 31, when the lockdown-IV ends. “During the past 2-months COVID warriors have worked very hard to contain the virus. One can say that they have played a pivotal role in saving the precious lives. Now, it’s upto people to remain disciplined and follow guidelines,” he added.