Need to be cautious
In wake of surge in daily cases of Covid-19 in few areas of Srinagar district, the District Administration has heightened efforts to make sure Covid-19 SoPs and guidelines are strictly followed throughout the district.
Accordingly, Magisterial flying squads constituted by the District Administration conducted inspection of various checkpoints at different locations of Srinagar including Bemina, Batamaloo, Lal Chowk and other adjoining areas during which 13 persons were detained for not wearing masks and violating the Covid-19 guidelines imposed throughout Srinagar.
Though as expected and predicted the third wave of covid-19 has witnessed a bit of delay but that does not mean that we can act complacent. Even across the country the new cases of coronavirus continued to remained below 30,000 with the country recording 27,176 fresh COVID-19 cases, while 284 new fatalities were also repored.
With the fresh cases, India’s total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,33,16,755, while the death toll has climbed to 4,43,497, according to the data updated at 8 am.
The active cases declined to 3,51,087 comprising 1.05 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.62 per cent.
Even in Jammu and Kashmir all the districts except Srinagar are showing very fewer cases. This means that Srinagar district can emerge as a major hotspot as the footfall and arrivals in the capital city are tremendously high.
Some districts in Jammu and Kashmir which were earlier declared coronavirus-free are now reporting new cases. Though comparing the present phase with last year, the cases seem to be very marginal but at the same time the guard should not be let down.
The complacent behaviour among people is leading to the surge in cases. People have started to move around freely and at the same time they have started to ignore the covid-19 protocol of observing social distancing and the use of face masks.
Even in busy places like Srinagar people travelling through the public transport and visiting busy markets no observance of covid-19 protocol is being ensured. This has meant that Srinagar has been reporting a high number of cases compared to other districts and administration in such a situation may be forced to ensure selective restrictions and barricading of areas where a high number of positive cases is reported.
Though the number of cases who need hospitisation may be far less during this phase the administration has already put all mechanisms in place to tackle any surge of covid cases.
But people in such scenario need to give priority for adherence to SOP’s and take adequate protection so that their safety is ensured and the third wave is tackled without taking a heavy toll on our health and life.