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Travelers, Tableegi Jamaat members push Kashmir to edge
4/1/2020 12:01:36 AM

Early Times Report

Jammu, Mar 31: Surge in number of COVID-19 positive cases especially in Kashmir region has created fear about the virus having spread within the community.
An analyst while talking to Early Times said, “There are many reasons for the COVID-19 spreading so fast in Kashmir. During winters most of the Kashmiris don’t stay in the Valley and move to different places within and outside the country. After the outbreak of Coronavirus many people returned to Kashmir but hid their travel histories.”
He said, “On the other hand members of Tableegi Jamaat have also played their role in spreading this infection across Kashmir. After returning from different places they kept on visiting the areas in Kashmir. This has led to the virus getting transmitted to the other people.” The analyst said, “The situation in Kashmir has turned grim and authorities despite making desperate attempts are unable to trace the people with travel histories. Members of Tableegi Jamaat have held congregations. It’s becoming difficult to trace the people who attended these gatherings and then returned back to their normal lives. Some people are not coming forward as they believe that it’s a social stigma.”
An observer said that officials are saying that nearly 12000 people are under quarantine. “The way chain is growing in Kashmir it seems numbers can peak at a very rapid pace.”
According to the reports the COVID-19 suspects admitted in various Kashmir hospitals are complaining about lack of facilities and doctors not coming forward to treat them. The doctors have been alleging that they have not been provided with the protective gear and their lives have been put at stake. “Kashmir is facing multiple problems. Jammu is still better as the numbers are under control and the medical staff is not complaining,” the observer said.
Another analyst said, “Administration will have to put in extra efforts to prevent COVID-19 time bomb from exploding in Kashmir. The possibility about community transmission is not a good sign.”
He said, “Members of Tableegi Jamaat should confine themselves within their homes and follow the directions. If they keep on carrying on their activities they will put more people in trouble. The COVID-19 virus is hitting everyone. It’s making no discrimination on the basis of colour, caste, creed or religion. People should learn from their mistakes.”
An expert said, “We need to understand a simple logic. When we move virus moves. When we stop moving virus stops moving and gets killed. Ball is in our court and we have to make a choice.”
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