Srinagar, 07 July According to local news agency (KNT) : Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Wednesday said that people are not following precautionary measures and health advisories in view of COVID-19 pandemic despite rise in coronavirus deaths and positive cases in J&K.

In a statement issued to KNT, President DAK, Dr Suhail Naik said people in Kashmir region have stopped taking the precautionary measures seriously which may be disastrous.

“After restrictions on public movement were eased people started thronging public places including markets which is indicator of rise in positive cases,” he said.
Naik said there is still lack of awareness among people. He said it is unfortunate that some people call coronavirus pandemic a “conspiracy” which would land people in trouble and there would rise in cases.

He said that 9000 people have been infected by the pandemic in JK while nearly 150 have died suggesting it is need of the hour to take precautions seriously.
“We understand that lockdown isn’t a solution and economic activities are must but socio economic activities should be done with all precautionary measures,” said Naik.

DAK also criticised the move of opening of public parks stating that the move may be disastrous for the people. It would encourage people to come out of their homes

“The government has miserably failed to implement the precautionary measures on ground. There are place where people even do not wear a mask which is unfortunate. The virus is a reality if people would not follow precautions they would fall in trouble and will burden health infrastructure,” the doctors body said.

DAK appealed the government that before issuing any order regarding movement of people government should keep in mind all the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and protocols should be implemented strictly.

“If government wants to open public parks or tourist spots, the number of people or tourists should be specified and social distancing should be maintained,” it said.