The Covid comeback
Several states in India have shown an unrelenting positive cases being reported since the past one month now. The situation is very bad in states like Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, MP, Gujarat, Delhi and West Bengal.
Maharashtra has already announced a 15 day curfew from today, though some services have been exempted but all offices and other commercial activity has come to a grinding halt. The same threats of closures have come from various officials in other regions as well as the covid positive cases have shown an upward trend with people also not willing to follow the covid-19 protocols to keep the virus at bay.
Jammu and Kashmir too falls in the list of regions where the active cases have gone up tremendously and even those districts that did not report covid-19 cases for months together are throwing up new cases on daily basis.
On Tuesday JK recorded 1,269 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 1,40,650, while the death toll too has crossed the two thousand mark and stands at 2,037, officially.
Srinagar, Jammu and Udhampur are the three districts that top the list of positive cases and the trend has been witnessed since the past many weeks now. Jammu has recorded a seven-fold increase in active coronavirus cases in nearly a month, while Srinagar currently has the highest number of 2,833 patients in the union territory.
Some districts in Jammu and Kashmir which were earlier declared coronavirus-free are now reporting new cases. On March 19, Srinagar district had 564 active cases and the figure shot up to cross three thousand Tuesday, while Jammu recorded a seven-fold increase during the period from 211 to 1,582 cases.
Comparing the present phase with last year, it is of great concern. We had a very few cases in March-April last year but this time we have witnessed a jump of five times in the number of cases between February and April.
Though the people are directly to be put at blame as complacent behaviour among people is leading to the surge in cases, but at the same time the administration too has to accept some responsibility and own up the surge.
The haste that was shown in opening up various public places like gardens and parks, schools and even other forms of activities has brought us to a point where a crisis like situation has emerged once again.
The hospitals are witnessing a huge rush, the leaves of all medical staff have been cancelled and even the schools and colleges have been closed and still the number of cases has been witnessing a dangerous trend.
As of now a night curfew is in place in eight districts of the region but still the complacency on the part of the administration and the general public has been at its peak. There is no social distancing observed except in some official functions where top bosses from the admin are present and people tend to behave and follow the covid protocol.
Rest the situation is worrisome, be it attending religious, tourist or other public places as least priority is given to adhere to the SOP’s.