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Lockdown fails to curb COVID-19 surge in Srinagar

The re- imposition of restrictions in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir has failed to curb dreadful surge of COVID-19 cases, raising questions about the strategy adopted by the authorities in the district.

Shockingly, the COVID- 19 cases which were supposed to decrease post the imposition of fresh lockdown on July 13 have worryingly gone up. As per the details, 456 persons tested positive for the virus in the week before the lockdown. After imposition of the lockdown, 1206 cases have been witnessed in the district in the past seven days.

With 1206 fresh cases, Srinagar continues to remain on the top of the Coronavirus cases list among all the districts of the Union Territory.

On Monday, when the lockdown was re-imposed, a total of 101 cases were reported from Srinagar district. However, the cases started witnessing a surge from Tuesday as 127 persons were tested positive. On Wednesday, the cases witnessed further spike as 153 tested positive while on Thursday, a total of 259 persons tested positive in the district.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the district recorded 152, 124 and 290 cases respectively, thus taking the total number of cases in the week to 1,206.

Meanwhile, a prominent flu expert, Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan told that “lockdown doesn’t mean that we have absolute guarantee that the virus will not move”. “It still moves and people still have to follow the guidelines amid the lockdown,” he said.

He said that the lockdown period should be utilized to create awareness so that things can change on the ground. “The virus is going to stay and the next two-three months are crucial. We should not allow it to spread further by adhering to the guidelines ,” he added

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