Corona making a comeback
During the peak lockdown period last year Jammu and Kashmir used to report around 400 cases per day. This figure was reported despite every sector witnessing a closure and the entire healthcare setup was put to control the deadly virus from spreading.
It was however, after almost a year long lockdown that all the sectors opened for routine activities but the way things are shaping up, it seems we are headed for yet another crisis like situation.
Jammu and Kashmir reported 359 fresh covid-19 cases, the most in a day so far this year, to take the overall tally of the infections to 130587. This is for the second time that single day cases breached 300-mark in Jammu and Kashmir in 2021. Also, it was for the fifteenth consecutive day that more than 100 cases were reported on a single day in Jammu and Kashmir. In all, nearly 2900 cases were added to the tally in the last fortnight.
Going by the trend it seems that Srinagar district is contributing towards the higher number of cases as the district reported more than 150 cases. Srinagar is proving to be one of the 42 districts across India where the cases are growing at an alarming level.
Apart from Jammu and Kashmir six states, including Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, have reported a high number of daily COVID-19 cases and account for 78.56 per cent of the 56,211 fresh cases recorded in the country on Tuesday.
Overall the country’s COVID-19 tally has climbed to 1,20,95,855, while 271 more fatalities have pushed the death toll to 1,62,114. Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, continue to report a high surge in daily cases accounting for 78.56 per cent of the new infections reported in a span of 24 hours.
The increase in the number of covid cases in Jammu and Kashmir, especially Srinagar is a worrying trend. Srinagar will continue to be the focal point in terms of all kinds of activities in the coming days. Since winter is at its end not only will all government offices shift back to this place but the huge influx of tourists and later Amarnath pilgrims will also add to its covid woes.
Ironically, the testing for tracking covid cases has gone too slow in Srinagar with only few centres being available for testing the people for coronavirus. This simply means that if the testing centres are brought to the level that they were operating at during the same period in 2020, the cases will witness further upswing.
Right now researchers across India are worried about a new mutant virus being found among the infected cases and the news strain has the capability of escaping the immune system of humans making them seriously ill.
This trend can be catastrophic if the new mutant cases make their entry in Jammu and Kashmir as a lot of travelers are making it to this place.
In such a scenario the authorities need to get more strict and ensure that the guard is not lowered at any cost.