By: Afaq Bhat
Srinagar: The surge in COVID-19 cases and mortality rate increasing in Srinagar has led to authorities declaring more and more areas as “containment zones.”
A source told Precious Kashmir that “containment zones” are a part of the “smart lockdown” strategy to contain the virus. “Till date there are no directions from the Centre to go for a complete lockdown. The administration has to assess the situation on its own and take a call,” the source added.
The administration on Monday evening declared five more localities of Srinagar city as “micro-containment zones” following a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Ajaz Asad tweeted that five more localities of Srinagar have been declared as containment zones. These localities are: Batamaloo, Nishat, Baghat, Noorbagh and Aloochibagh.
Earlier, Khanyar, Meerakabad Shalimar, Hyder Colony Kill Khan Gali Upper Soura, Buchpora Firdous Colony in Zadibal, Gazaliabad Lane No. 01 HMT, and Shahanwar Colony Lane 02 in Batamaloo were designated as Covid-19 containment zones in order to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
A medico said, “If the life keeps on moving the virus won’t stop it will remain on move. Turning sensitive areas into containment zones can restrict the movement of people as well as the virus. People are rushing towards hospitals but the space is shrinking with each passing day and we don’t know how long hospitals will be able to accommodate the patients.”
An official said, “Besides hospitals more buildings are being identified to be converted into the COVID centers. Oxygen cylinders are being procured to ensure that patients get the support they need. Entire situation is being monitored closely and from May 1 onwards all the adults will be vaccinated. Administration has devised a multi-pronged strategy to deal with the emerging crisis.”
On Monday, Kashmir recorded 11 COVID-19 deaths, sending shockwaves across the summer capital. “Things have turned bad even before the peak has arrived. People will have to take extra precautions to keep themselves safe. They can no more shy away from getting vaccinated. The COVID jabs hold the key,” said another medico.
He said, “If the cases keep on rising sharply, handling the patients will become a difficult job.”