he greatest power we have right now is patience. We have to stop hugging our friends, shaking hands with acquaintances, going to market square till the time when the things are so to say a little less crazy. Covid-19 will test us all and test us in ways that we will never expect it to test us.
On April 07, there were 812 new cases of COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir, with six deaths, according to the daily Covid bulletin. Reported cases of COVID-19 have been steadily increasing throughout Jammu and Kashmir since ending March, with the most dramatic growth in City. We want to make it clear that stay-at-home order is necessary to protect the health and safety of everyone. Social distancing and limited face-to-face contact with others is the most effective way to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
In Kashmir even though we are not that much crazy but there are things which we relish, like sitting on shopfronts for hours and discussing Newton, world geography, world politics, neighbourhood duels, load-shedding and marriage banquets. Besides, if someone says ration is being distributed then all of us swarm the ration distribution points least caring about the norms of social distancing being put in place.
Our banks, ration stores, shopfronts resemble a town fair. A gaggle of people everywhere. People arguing, discussing, inching past each other in an unidentified hurry. Even though the administration has wielded the stick at a few places but still it is the people who need to understand the situation, rather the gravity of it all.
People need to maintain discipline under the current circumstances. Visiting neighbours, friends or relatives must be kept to minimum if one is not to abandon it all together. We understand is a well-knit society where individuals like to live a collective life. For the time being, however, we need to pay heed to the directives of government and stay indoors unless, God forbid, there is a serious medical emergency like situation in the family.
The greatest power we have right now is patience. This too shall pass, but our world needs to make a conscious and collective effort in order for that to happen. Stay safe, stay healthy and stay home.