Former minister and senior Congress leader Raman Bhalla cautioned the people to take the Coronavirus seriously by maintaining the health protocol such as social distancing, hand-wash, and masks.
“This is a disease anyone can get infected with. We cannot take the pandemic lightly. We all need to strictly maintain social distancing,” Bhalla said while urging the people to be serious about taking safety measures.
“While Government has announced more relaxations and easing of restrictions for resumption of economic activities under various sectors which have suffered severely during the ongoing lockdown period, the same should not be construed as the decline in threat of the infection and its further spread, Bhalla added.
Congress leader said that people should realize that Health Department has laid down guidelines for the public to remain unharmed from Coronavirus but the COVID-19 per se is ruthless. He added that people should not be reckless by taking these guidelines lightly and run the risk of getting infected while the relaxations are given. He suggested that people should fear more and never construe easing of restrictions as an indication that virus is now eliminated. Rather people should become more cautious and cooperate with authorities to fight this disease in the Valley.
Bhalla stressed on following guidelines in letter and spirit and appealed people to come out of their homes only when it is needed adding that the elderly and children in particular must stay indoors. He reiterated that compulsory use of face mask and maintaining social distancing protocol when outdoors is necessary and people must avoid visiting crowded places, avoid surface touching with hands, avoid hands touching mouth, nose or eyes, maintain hand hygiene, use sanitizers, take shower and wash clothes with detergent after returning from work places.
He blamed BJP for betraying the people of Jammu on the issue of statehood and misleading the people on various emotive issues. He also appealed LG administration to put in place a mechanism to ensure uninterrupted supplies and deliveries of essential services to the general public of J&K. He also stressed upon the administration to upgrade hospitals infrastructure with the resources available with them.