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‘We have no nightlife, nocturnal Covid-19 curfew beats logic’: Kashmir doctors group

With the imposition of night curfew in Jammu and Kashmir, Doctors Association Kashmir on Friday said the move won’t stop the spread of Covid-19 infection.

“It beats logic to have restrictions at night when most of the crowds are during the day,” said DAK President Dr Nisar ul Hassan.

He said that one wonders how night curfew will help in curbing the spread when people go about their business during the day hours. “We have no nightlife in Kashmir. There is no movement at all during the night hours. Life comes to a standstill in the night,” the influenza expert said.

Dr Nisar said that it is during the daytime that huge crowds are seen in markets, large gatherings are seen at social and public functions which is the main cause behind the spread of Covid-19 infection in the community.
“Kashmir is reeling under the grip of a raging second wave of Covid-19 with a surge in the number of cases and hospitalizations too,” he said.

The J&K administration has announced the imposition of a night curfew from April 9 in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus in eight districts of the region.

Stating that there is no data to support the use of night curfew to reduce the virus transmission, he said: “The virus does not take rest during the day and becomes active during the night. It doesn’t work like that.”

“Things like masking mandate, not allowing gatherings and improving ventilation in public places are all effective tools to stem the transmission of the virus,” he said, adding “And the key is to ramp up the vaccine drive and inoculate as many people quickly as possible.”

Dr Nisar said that the focus must remain on tracking, testing and isolation of cases. “If we pursue these measures very aggressively, we may be able to control the situation soon. And, if we slip up on any of these measures, we will be down on a slippery slope for some months to come,” he said.

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