ith the spread of the Covid-19 virus across India, especially in Delhi, people have exposed the claims of the government that they were ready with equipment to help people in this pandemic. As we write this, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has appealed to the 18-44 age group not to queue up outside the COVID-19 vaccination centres in the city on May 1 as the government is yet to receive COVID-19 vaccines. As countries introduce unprecedented measures to stem the spread of the new coronavirus, one of the most alarming conclusions from infectious-disease modelling is that there is no clear exit strategy. We can see from China how a combination of community surveillance , strong social distancing and rapid clinical care, reduced infections and deaths. But we don’t know how long these measures should last, or whether relaxing them will allow the virus to undergo a resurgence.
As the cases are rising with every passing day, Srinagar is also facing a similar problem. The number of Covid-19 patients requiring oxygen is increasing with every passing day. The doctors are worried that a lot of patients in their 20s and 30s are knocking on hospital doors. The oxymerers are clearly indicating that a good percentage of patients admitted in the hospital require oxygen supply immediately upon admission to the hospital. On Friday we had 30 Covid-19 deaths in Jammu and Kashmir UT and most likely the number is going to increase in coming days.
People, more than the administration, are behaving irresponsibly. We are witnessing a huge rush of people on roads, throwing all caution to winds. On the Boulevard road people drive about every evening as if without it they won’t survive. People need to understand that these are tough times and utmost discipline has to be maintained in letter and spirit. Without maintaining discipline it would be hard slog to get out of the woods. Covid-19 will test our resolve and it will test it hard. We need to choose between a mask and a ventilator.