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‘Worse days ahead’, Kashmir may see over 10,000 Covid-19 cases daily by end of May

The Covid-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir are witnessing a steep surge from the last month and the experts are predicting worse days ahead.

Experts predict that the daily cases may rise to 10,000 while Jammu &and Kashmir may witness 100 Covid-19 deaths as the pandemic would touch peak in the last week of May.

Covid Advisory Committee Chairman and former director SKIMS Dr M S Khuroo said that people must understand the gravity of the situation and should prefer to save their lives at this critical juncture instead of preferring other things.

“Eid and other festivals will come again but a life lost will never be returned. People must follow Covid-19 appropriate behaviour in letter and spirit on their own and not remain callous as that can it can prove fatal.

He said that at present two variants— UK mutation and Indian double mutation are prevalent in Jammu and Kashmir and both are spreading very fast and involving young people too.

“We are now witnessing that if a single member of a family comes positive, the whole family is positive as a pattern of the virus has changed and it has taken now super spreader phenomenon,” Dr Khuroo said.
He said that the peak in India is expected in the coming one or two weeks and in J&K it is expected in the last week of May. “Cases will remain static for a few weeks and after which there will be a decline,” the expert said.

He said that it all depends on the public, the more strictly Covid-19 appropriate behaviour is followed, the less severe peak will be. “If we remain callous, infections can go up to 10,000 a day and deaths up to 100 in a day,” he said.

He said that lockdown isn’t a permanent solution but it is being done to tame the spike. “Government must remain strict and trace contact of positive persons on war footing basis,” he said.

He said the government must also ramp up the vaccination process as “it will give us protection against the virus individually and on a community basis.”

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