Opening of parks pose major risk of spreading the COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar: From past couple of weaks, after goverment decided to lift the restrictions that were imposed after the outbreak of COVID-19, the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing steady rise in COVID-19 positive cases and fatalities.

In last less than 15 days, Jammu and Kashmir has reported more than sixty COVID-19 related deaths and around three thousand cases. According to doctors, the situation is worry and they attribute the current situation to the people going out without taking any precautions.

Despite the increasing number of COVID-19 cases and fatalities, the government has decided to open parks from today. The experts are concerned about this decision and according to them this move will throw up new challenges to the health department.

The health experts and doctors are unhappy with the policymakers and according to them deadly virus curve has flattened in the previous few weeks due to the failure of authorities. “They (authorities) have failed to ensure that precautions are being used in markets and other public places post unlock,” said a doctor.

“No distancing is being maintained by people, masks are not being used. The sudden rise in fatalities and positive cases is it’s results. We may see more worse situation in upcoming days as authorities have decided to re-open the parks. Tall claims of government have fallen flat. Opening of parks is clearly a wrong decision,” he added.

Youth don’t take precautions, and the rise in facilities is a result of it. “Youth don’t take precautions. They become the carrier of virus to their homes. They infect their elderly parents who are already underlying diseases and then subsequently die,” a doctor posted at SKIMS said.

The data provided by government shows that the virus started to turn deadly in Jammu and Kashmir after the government’s decision to remove restrictions. The official data available shows that in the first three months after the outbreak of virus, 51 fatalities were reported. On July 2, J&K saw the highest single-day spike of 10 deaths.

The highest fatalities have been reported from Srinagar, 35, followed by 28 from Baramulla, 17 from Kulgam, 14 from Shopian, 12 from Anantnag, 10 from Budgam, 7 from Kupwara, 4 from Pulwama, 3 from Bandipora, 1 from Ganderbal, 8 from Jammu, 2 from Doda, and 1 each from Rajouri, Poonch, Kathua and Udhampur.