SRINAGAR: As the entire world is grappling with Coronavirus and a surge in cases each day making matters worse, the total number of positive cases of deadly virus rose to 25 in Jammu and Kashmir with seven more people testing positive on Saturday in Kashmir, officials said.
“7 more positive cases in Srinagar today. 4 cases- history of contact with already positive cases of religious congregation; other three- travel history outside J&K contacts being traced,” Rohit Kansal, government spokesman tweeted on Saturday.
He showed displeasure over the rise in such cases “Tough to be harbinger of unpleasant news. But being informed is being prepared” the first part of his tweet read.
More than a billion people in India are under a lockdown since Tuesday in an unprecedented effort to contain the spread of virus.
The lockdown which will remain enforced for 21 days has rendered lakhs of workers in informal sector jobless and put them to starvation like conditions, media reports said.
Jammu and Kashmir apparently is not an exception with streets deserted and shops shuttered becoming a common sight across the union territory.
Manual workers who worked round the clock for survival are sitting idle. A large number of people have been running out of cash and essentials although the administration has ordered banks, ATMs and many other essential services like grocery shops to remain open.
“Many people like me who work during the day to feed family in the evening are facing horrible times due to lockdown,” said Javid Sheikh, a street vendor selling fruits in Kupwara.
“I am worried how to feed the children in coming days. The government though has announced some ration and relief for poor people but I don’t think it is sufficient for survival,” he added.