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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 206-209

COVID-19: Preparedness and response by union territory of Jammu and Kashmir for containment of pandemic


Department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sheikh Mohd Saleem
Department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/cmi.cmi_56_20

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Like the rest of the world, the onslaught of COVID-19 has hit India and poses as a major challenge to its country people. On January 31, India faced the jolt of COVID-19 for the first time when the maiden case was reported in Kerala. The numbers grew steadily in the following days. In the initial stages, the virus was contracted through patients with foreign travel history. However, as the numbers surged, the cases of local transmission also came to the fore. Various directives were issued by the administration to limit the spread of the virus. This included the closure of schools, colleges, and universities and the cancelation of visas. While the cases showed no signs of subsiding, the restrictions were intensified with the closure of interstate transport and cancelation of all flights. On March 24, the countrywide lockdown was announced for 21 days as a major precautionary measure against the growing virus. While the country continues to contain the coronavirus pandemic and the possible economic slowdown due to it, the newly formed union territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir has been put under another lockdown – this time due to the disease. However, this time, there is one silver lining in the dark cloud. The administration had been active beforehand. It had stepped up its preparedness measures before the outbreak of the pandemic in the UT.


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