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March 20, 2020 |

The panic sparked across Kashmir by the discovery of a Coronavirus patient in Srinagar, the first in the Valley which was so far spared the horror, is but natural. After all, the administration was repeatedly telling us that foolproof mechanisms have been put into place to ensure that any COVID-19 patient is detected at the entry point to Kashmir and that no stone is being left unturned in ensuring that the infection doesn’t spread. But the case of Khanyar has explicitly demonstrated that no matter the claims of the officials, foolproof systems are difficult to be put into place anywhere in the world and especially in a place like Kashmir where chaos and confusion has prevailed for more than three decades. But it will be principally and morally wrong to blame the government only for this other kind of infiltration. If reports are to be believed, the patient, a woman in her mid sixties, was screened at the Srinagar airport but she apparently didn’t show any symptoms of the disease and she was allowed to go home. Here the question of self-declaration of travel history comes into play. It was incumbent upon the woman to reveal her travel history to the officials who scrutinised her. Whether she disclosed her travel history to Covid-affected Saudi Arabia or not remains a mystery so far but the officials can’t escape the blame just because she did not cooperate with them. The authorities at the airport should have checked her documents thoroughly before allowing her to go home. And even if she had showed no symptoms, she should have been mandatorily put under quarantine. But that was not to be. The woman not only managed to reach home but also received dozens of guests who came to congratulate her for performing umrah. With the reports of the woman turning up positive, it has made all the people who must have come into contact with her for two days potential carriers of the deadly virus whose global toll is likely to cross 10,000 in few days. Scientist community across the globe have predicted that it will be a year before vaccine against the novel coronavirus infection is commercially available. Humanity’s only defence against the virus is to maintain good standards of hygiene and social isolation. The most important factor in the fight against the virus is breaking the chains of transmission before the virus breaks the back of the humanity. We must stay home, as far as possible, and avoid physical contact with others, for our own good and for the good of humanity.

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The Good Fight

March 20, 2020 |

The panic sparked across Kashmir by the discovery of a Coronavirus patient in Srinagar, the first in the Valley which was so far spared the horror, is but natural. After all, the administration was repeatedly telling us that foolproof mechanisms have been put into place to ensure that any COVID-19 patient is detected at the entry point to Kashmir and that no stone is being left unturned in ensuring that the infection doesn’t spread. But the case of Khanyar has explicitly demonstrated that no matter the claims of the officials, foolproof systems are difficult to be put into place anywhere in the world and especially in a place like Kashmir where chaos and confusion has prevailed for more than three decades. But it will be principally and morally wrong to blame the government only for this other kind of infiltration. If reports are to be believed, the patient, a woman in her mid sixties, was screened at the Srinagar airport but she apparently didn’t show any symptoms of the disease and she was allowed to go home. Here the question of self-declaration of travel history comes into play. It was incumbent upon the woman to reveal her travel history to the officials who scrutinised her. Whether she disclosed her travel history to Covid-affected Saudi Arabia or not remains a mystery so far but the officials can’t escape the blame just because she did not cooperate with them. The authorities at the airport should have checked her documents thoroughly before allowing her to go home. And even if she had showed no symptoms, she should have been mandatorily put under quarantine. But that was not to be. The woman not only managed to reach home but also received dozens of guests who came to congratulate her for performing umrah. With the reports of the woman turning up positive, it has made all the people who must have come into contact with her for two days potential carriers of the deadly virus whose global toll is likely to cross 10,000 in few days. Scientist community across the globe have predicted that it will be a year before vaccine against the novel coronavirus infection is commercially available. Humanity’s only defence against the virus is to maintain good standards of hygiene and social isolation. The most important factor in the fight against the virus is breaking the chains of transmission before the virus breaks the back of the humanity. We must stay home, as far as possible, and avoid physical contact with others, for our own good and for the good of humanity.


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Legal Advisor: M.J. Hubi
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Published from: Gulshanabad Chraresharief Budgam
RNI No.: JKENG/2010/33802
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Postal Regd No: SK/135/2010-2019
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