Srinagar, Aug 23: The lifting of lockdown leading to increase in number of COVID-19 cases in Kashmir has once again created panic with authorities blaming people for not following the norms.
An expert while talking to Precious Kashmir said, “From the day one people are being told that lifting of lockdown doesn’t mean that COVID-19 has gone. The virus is very much present within the community and if we don’t follow the norms we will end up in trouble.”
He said that despite J&K recording more than 30,000 positive cases and 600 deaths, people don’t wear the masks, nor do they follow the social distancing norms. “People need to realize that till date no cure has been found and vaccines will take still few more months to come. The situation is still grim and if we continue to carry on with our daily routines without following the requisite norms the COVID-19 will continue to haunt us,” he added.
Another expert said, “We should understand that we may have to live with COVID-19 for some more time as till date no specific medicine has been found to treat this virus which has turned the world upside down. Scientists and researchers are working over time to come up with the COVID cure but till date success has eluded them.”
He said, “The improvement in recovery rate is an encouraging sign but deaths too are continuing. Everyone is waiting for the vaccine to come but till it comes people will have to take extra precautions and remain more careful. People should understand that maintaining social distance is must and time has not returned for them to throw lavish parties. Anyone can be a COVID carrier.”
After lifting the restrictions, authorities re-imposed lockdown in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district and south Kashmir’s Anantnag district as the cases in these areas witnessed a steep rise. “Srinagar has been worst hit despite that people continue to do whatever they like. If the people fail to follow the norms authorities will be left with no other option other than re-imposing the lockdown,” said an official.
He urged the people to follow the COVID norms to save their lives and the lives of others by remaining careful.
A medico said, “The COVID-19 has spread within the community and people should bear it in mind. It’s a deadly virus. Once it gets transmitted and becomes active within the human body it destroys the immune system of a human being, which ultimately leads to his/her death. Precautions only can keep us safe till the cure comes.”