Coronavirus: Kashmir Gets Back To Its New Normal Routine

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SRINAGAR: A day after a lady detected positive for the frightening Coronavirus within days after her return from Umrah pilgrimage, a scared Srinagar found safe is restricting to their homes. It was encouraged by the suspension of public transport and the closure of the major eateries in the city.

Overnight the cops returned on the roads and the drop gates of thick concertina wires returned to the roads. However, the major difference was that the security grid had no threat of the people not cooperating in enforcing a low street footfall.

There were certain drop gates on all the major entries into the Srinagar city. Manned by cops, they sent scores of passenger laden vehicle back home.

Bilal Bahadur who toured the city for most of the city found the Khanyar locality literally in a state of siege where doctors were visiting homes to assess the possible contacts of the lady. He later visited the interior parts of the city where a sort of curfew was in place. People were hardly around and wherever there was some movement the cops were discouraging it.

In hospitals, there were not many people around. Even the health staff was in a sort of scare.

In the periphery, there were reports of the armed forces moving around in certain north Kashmir areas suggesting people how to manage the looming crisis.

Here are some of the clicks that explain Srinagar on March 19, 2020, a day after the detection of the first case.

Back to ‘Normal’: Lal Chowk, the key historic spot of Kashmir returned to its post-August 2019 position as the trade stayed home and the transport remained off the roads. The situation was enforced by the looming threat of the virus infection after a lady was detected positive on March 18, 2020. KL Image: Bilal Bahadur.

 

CRPF personnel stand guard at a roadblock following restrictions imposed as a preventive measure to keep the Coronavirus at bay. The garble in the photograph indicates the tension in Kashmir mind. KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

 

A deserted view of Jamia Masjid area of Srinagar after restrictions were imposed on the movement of people in several areas as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of novel Coronavirus disease on Thursday, March 19, 2020. KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

 

Khanyar locality has been sealed and cops prevent any movement into the locality or out of it. This photograph was taken on March 19, 2020, a day day after a lady detected positive for the frightening viral disease. KL Image Bilal Bahadur

 

Doctors visiting the old city locality and meeting the guesthouse owners for the infection assessment on March 19, 2020, a day after a lady was detected with Coronavirus infection. KL Image Bilal Bahadur

Patients wearing masks watching from the window of the Gousia Hospital in Khanyar the downtown area of Srinagar after a lady was detected positive for the viral disease. KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

 

Masked: Earlier a hooded person was a suspect but the arrival of the Coronavirus has changed the situation as security men feel safe getting close to masked people., a photograph from a Srinagar road on March 19, 2020. KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

Girls wearing masks walking in a deserted Srinagar after restrictions were imposed on the movement of people in several areas as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of novel Coronavirus disease on Thursday, March 19, 2020. KL Image By Bilal Bahadur

This photograph showing an army doctor talking to a Kashmir family somewhere in Langate belt of Kupwara on March 19, 2020. Pic: Army

 

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