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.