Srinagar, July 13: Srinagar emerging as the COVID-19 hotspot has led to administration re-imposing lockdown in the district.
An analyst while talking to Precious Kashmir said, “Situation in Srinagar has turned from bad to worse as the cases are increasing at a rapid rate. Kashmir has recorded 20 deaths in two days and it has sent alarm bells ringing.”
He said, “People not following the COVID-19 guidelines have created havoc. It’s unfortunate that people were not wearing face masks and were not following the social distancing norms. The worst fears about the second wave of COVID-19 being more deadly are coming true.”
It’s in place to mention here that soon after the government decided to lift the lockdown, doctors and experts had warned that the move could backfire.
Increase in mortality rate and number of positive cases witnessing a massive spike have brought restrictions back. The government is mulling to re-impose the lockdown in other districts too where the COVID cases are on rise. In fact in many districts lockdown has returned.
“It seems that at this point of time, lockdown seems to be only solution to prevent the cases from increasing. Everyone is worried but no one knows how to handle the crisis. The virus spreading within the community has created a precarious situation. The rush in hospitals is increasing more wards are being reserved for the COVID patients. Doctors are saying that they are finding it hard to save the lives of patients as they arrive in the hospital with pneumonia,” the analyst added.
According to the media reports 80% of the people who reach the hospital in advanced stage are dying within 24 hours. Experts are of the opinion that the virus has mutated and it has become more dangerous. “People are no more asymptomatic. This is a dangerous sign. We are feeling helpless as we are unable to do anything. A drug or a vaccine to cure COVID-19 only can reverse the cycle. It seems that the virus is turning bad and we are yet to witness the peak,” said a doctor.
He said that till date many doctors have tested positive. “Despite all odds we are trying to fight COVID-19 but without any specific treatment it’s not that easy. Since the outbreak of the pandemic doctors and other people associated with the medical profession have worked very hard and at this point of time also they are leaving no stone unturned to give in their best.”
An observer said, “People should realize that they have to take care of themselves on their own as they have to help themselves. One hopes that the recovered patients come forward and donate their plasma as it has helped in saving lives.”