Srinagar: The increasing number of COVID-19 cases and casualties zooming past 120 mark, across J&K has led to the administration declaring all the districts in Kashmir, barring one, as Red Zones again.
According to the media reports administration is mulling to re-impose lockdown in the districts where the numbers are increasing and mortality rate is high. “The authorities should take some steps to control the situation as the COVID-19 deaths are swelling,” an analyst told Precious Kashmir.
He said, “People should realize that the virus is very much there and it has not gone. Since the day lockdown has been lifted people are not adhering to the guidelines. There have been numerous reports about people not following social distancing norms and not wearing masks. This too has led to the COVID-19 cases increasing within the community.”
It’s in place to mention here that experts have warned that COVID-19 peak is yet to come and July month is crucial. “All of us have to bear in mind that precautions only can save our lives as till date neither a medicine, nor a vaccine has been found to treat this virus,” the analyst said.
He said that wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and taking care of the hand hygiene are mandatory for everyone. “We should stop behaving as if everything is normal and pandemic has ended,” he added.
On Saturday, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir held a meeting with all the Deputy Commissioners and the issue of mortality rate increasing due to COVID-19 especially in Kashmir was discussed threadbare. “The administration is closely monitoring the situation on a daily basis. If the death rate continues to climb, then there is a possibility about lockdown being re-imposed in the Kashmir districts designated as Red Zones,” the media reports claimed.
An observer said, “The biggest concern at present is the mortality rate which is increasing. Not a single day is passing without people dying. The worst hit have been the people with co-morbidities. During the past few days such cases have come to fore in which patients have been brought to the hospitals at the eleventh hour.”
He said, “People cannot take COVID-19 lightly. We are fighting an invisible enemy which apparently seems to be present everywhere. There are clear instructions about performing marriage ceremonies in a simple manner without too many guests but it’s not happening. If people don’t take precautions the second wave of the pandemic can prove deadlier than the first and medicos have already warned about it.”