Covid-19 is such a dreaded word and we just want it to end somehow. We want to say our goodbyes to it as soon as possible. Half of 2020 has been wasted. The economy of Kashmir has hit a rock bottom. The social fabric is also on the verge of collapsing. The education sector would require a herculean effort to be pulled up to its former position.
While the main research institutions had predicted the third and fourth week of July as the peak of Covid-19 in south-Asia. We can say we are almost there. In southern India, for example, the state of Karnataka which had to a large extent contained Covid-19 is back in the news as the cases are increasing with every passing hour. The video of about seven to eight dead bodies being pushed down in a trench for the mass burial has left everyone surprised in south-India. Just a few weeks ago everyone wanted to emulate the Karnataka model for safeguarding the population against Covid-19. It again goes to tell how fast this disease can bust popular perceptions about efficiencies of various governments.
In Kashmir, the cases have somewhat plateaued and are on a somewhat constant level from the last ten days. This could be an indicator that the peak is just round the corner. It may be another month or so before we are fully out of the woods. However, that is all subject to the fact that no complacency should set in the populace. We should not let the restrictions ease in August. Any state or union territory with less than a thousand mortalities would be considered a good performance from the government. So we are doing well, at least comparatively well, in Jammu and Kashmir.
As the peak approaches for the rest of India, let us adopt a strict quarantine process in place as the peak has almost plateaued here in Kashmir. Strict discipline for another month would ensure we win a decisive battle against Covid-19. Nothing less would do.