ovid-19 cases in Kashmir are rising, along with a spike in positivity rate, a clear indication of an even further increase in cases in the offing. A point in case is the low number of cases in Jammu. Jammu is economically on higher turf as compared to Kashmir but the chunk of population which is working in foreign lands is quite low in Jammu. It is a fact that over the months people have lost some of the care and fear that they had in the beginning. At the same time, efforts should be there to ensure that vaccination drive is expedited and maximum people get two doses of the vaccine. If the people unite and fend off the pandemic, freedom from it can be expected in the next six months or so.
The scenes at various gardens in Srinagar are self-explanatory. People are itching to leave their homes despite the lockdown measures being in place. Why this hurry? What is more important than life and security that these people want to achieve? Why dodge lockdown measures to press our own petty agenda to meet friends and relatives for a casual chat in the middle of a pandemic? Fines for not wearing a mask have increased in some places, even public gatherings like weddings have been given caps on how many guests can be allowed, although the precautionary measures have not so far been strictly enforced.
Clinical analysis show that the viral behaviour of coronavirus is changing. Last year, even if an infected person stayed in home isolation, not more than one or two from the family would get infected. Now, we are seeing more members of the same family getting infected. Illiteracy, lack of awareness and poverty could be among the reasons people are not getting themselves tested and treated. This means that the authorities should not ease their efforts in spreading awareness, monitoring the practice of social distancing in public places and proactive testing and isolation. Given these uncertainties, it is best to be disciplined and restrict movement to the most essential. It is up to each one of us to do the needful. As we have said before, the limited healthcare system we have we cannot afford so many number of cases. May good sense prevail.