Coronavirus: Hope Is Alive, It Is Still Not Late

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SRINAGAR: Urging people to break the chain, UT government’s spokesman and principal secretary planning Rohit Kansal Saturday expressed hope to stop the spread and “we can and we must”.

The man out with news of confirmation of positive cases, Kansal himself feels bad.

In his latest tweet regarding the occurrence of more positive cases in Kashmir, he said “tough to be  harbinger of unpleasant news. But being informed is being prepared. 7 more positive cases in Srinagar today. 4 cases-history of contact with already positive cases of the religious congregation; other three-travel history outside J&K contact being traced,” he tweeted.

Amir, a resident of  Shopian responded to his tweet saying, “Ur tweets give us goosebumps….zah anihak kah khoshkhabri.”

To this Kansal replied,” Aamir, my sad duty” and expressed hope that “we can and we must #BreakTheChain. #Itsstillnotlate.”

Hope is held across the spectrum. Requesting people to disclose travel and contacts to the authorities, Omar Abdullah, the recently released former chief minister also have a hope that “it’s not too late” and the curve will be flattened. “The number of positive #COVID-19 cases in J&K is going up but it’s not too late to #FlattenTheCurve. All we have to do is follow the guidelines to maintain #SocialDistancing & #StayAtHomeAndStaySae. Please disclose your travel history & contact to the authorities.” He wrote on Twitter.

Iltija Mufti, using twitter handle of her incarcerated mother, Mehbooba Mufti urged people to cooperate with administration and police. While talking about the tragedy of Italy, she wrote, “Please report your travel history & cooperate with J&K admin & police. Italy with good healthcare has had to choose which lives to save because of community transmission. We simply can’t afford it.”

Concerned about the rising numbers, District Magistrate Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal reiterated that lot more needs to be done. “With 7 more positive cases in #Srinagar a lot more is required to be done,” he shared on twitter.

Srinagar’s mayor, Junaid Azim, who is also at the forefront to fight the pandemic has a reassurance  and urged not to feel disheartened.” We can’t afford being disheartened. We will fight back till our last breath. All of us. With everything at our disposal.”

In his afternoon tweet, PM Narendra Modi assured the country that the battle is being fought together. “We are all one in the battle against COVID-19! #IndiaFightsCorona.”

On Saturday, with eight more positive cases confirmed, a highest since we had the first case on March 19, the total number of cases reached to 22 in Kashmir and 28 in entire J&K.

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