JAMMU, April 28: Most of the people in the country have a question on lockdown extension after May 3 in their minds. There may not be a definite answer to this query but we surely have some facts to put forth.
In his meeting with Chief Ministers of different states on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appreciated the efforts of the state governments and asked to remain vigilant in coming future. He also said that face masks and precautions will become a part of life to avoid any further cases of Covid 19.
Modi also told the Chief Ministers that the “dangers of Coronavirus were far from over”.
This is the second phase of lockdown that India is witnessing that will continue till May 3. While there are apprehensions that relaxations may further be extended throughout the country, restrictions will definitely remain in force in red zones.
Lockdown extension after May 3 is also a question for people of Jammu and Kashmir as there are a total of 77 red zones in the Union territory out of which 65 are in Kashmir division.
What PM emphasized during his video conferencing with the CMs was his reference of importance to economy as well as fight against Covid 19. His reference on importance to economy can be understood as the indication that there are possibilities of relaxations in the lockdown after May 3.
While the economy as a whole is facing a lot of pressure due to the lockdown, aviation sector of the country is facing the heat. There have been no domestic or international flights during the past more than one month and many airlines have also laid-off or sent their staff on indefinite leaves.
On the other hand pictures and videos of daily wagers from across the country are not hidden even from PM Modi. The plight of migrant workers who are stuck in different states has become visible time and again.
Many Chief Ministers have already asked the PM to extend the lockdown beyond May 3.
Even for residents of Jammu and Kashmir, lockdown extension after May 3 has become a serious issue. We will discuss which parts of J&K can open and where restrictions are likely to remain imposed even after may 3.
Will lockdown end on May 3 is the question on minds of many people even in J&K.
J&K has so far reported a total of 546 cases of Coronavirus out of which 375 are still active. At least 67570 people are still enlisted for observation across the state whereas 9984 people are under home quarantine. Lockdown extension after May 3 will depend on flattening of curve of the patients infected with virus.
A whopping 127 patients of Covid 19 have been reported only from Bandipora while Srinagar reported total of 86 cases. The number of patients in Shopian is 68 and 67 in Baramulla. Anantnag has 54, Kupwara 48, Budgam 15, Ganderbal 14, Kulgam 6 and Pulwama 3.
While the situation in Kashmir region is still serious, Jammu region can have a sigh of relief as the cases of patients were few here.
Jammu district has a total of 26 cases, Udhampur 20, Samba and Rajouri 4, Kathua, Kishtwar, Ramban and Reasi have one case of the infection. Total deaths in the UT stand at 7.
As it is clear that restrictions will not be lifted from those areas even after May 3 where cases of Coronavirus are rising, there is a ray of hope in those districts which have not reported or have few cases of the infection.
May 3 lockdown extension also depends on the factor whether the people are following social distancing as prescribed by the central government.
Lockdown extension in Punjab post May 3 is likely to take place as the state has hundreds of infections at present. Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has also announced that saving lives was his first priority.
Lockdown extension after May 3 will depend on number of deaths and new cases of the infection being reported. At present there are 21132 cases of Covid 19 in and 886 deaths have been reported so far.