COVID-19: Business Will Support Lockdown If Required, Says KTMF Chief

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SRINAGAR: Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) President Muhammad Yasin Khan Saturday said that if the government takes any decision to re-impose the lockdown in the wake of rise in Covid-19 cases and deaths due to the pandemic, traders will support the move.

“There is no suggestion from me as of now. The only thing is that if the government decides to re-impose lockdown as suggested by some health experts, we will abide by the government’s decision,” Khan told news agency KNO.

He said that life comes first then business. “We need to save lives first. If we would remain alive, only then the business will take place. So let’s see what decision the government would take,” he said.

He said one of the experts Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan had advocated that lockdown should be re-imposed for at least two weeks to contain the spread of the virus. “If that will happen, we will support the government’s decision,” Khan said.

Interestingly, since the unlock-2, J&K has witnessed a sudden rise in the Covid-19 positive cases as well as deaths due to the pandemic triggering a fresh fear among the people. On the other hand, many experts have stated that people were not taking any precautions to prevent the spread of the virus as even face masks are not being used by the people let alone maintaining social distancing.

In J&K, the number of Covid-19 positive cases is getting closer to 10,000 while as over 160 deaths have already taken place in the UT of which 15 people have died in Jammu and rest in Kashmir.

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