Hope in the time of COVID-19 in Kashmir valley

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By KNT on 25/03/2020.

Hope in the time of COVID-19 in Kashmir valley

Srinagar, Mar 25: Amid Covid-19 scare hundreds of people mostly students were taken by government to various quarantine centers in Kashmir.

Though students inside quarantine centers were contented with the facility but the internet restrictions make them bored and dizzy.

The people in general and students in quarantine centers in particular continuously urged the government to restore high speed internet service in the valley.

In the mean time Sheikh Aijaz, the owner of Gulshan Books Kashmir got an idea to donate 1,000 books to several quarantine centres setup in Srinagar due to novel coronavirus outbreak.

On Sunday Gulshan Books, one of the famous bookstores in commercial hub Lal Chowk Srinagar, has handed over the consignment of 1,000 books to district administration Srinagar. “Wearing gloves, goggles and face masks five of our workers on Sunday went inside the book store in Lal Chowk to prepare the consignment and later handed over it to DC Srinagar,”

Books have been donated with an intention to keep people mainly students engaged, who recently returned from affected countries and are presently in quarantine to contain spread of Covid-19.

Aijaz’s son Sheikh Maied himself voluntarily stood with his workers and delivered the consignment to the deputy commissioner’s office in Srinagar.

“In the absence of high speed internet service in Kashmir we thought it would be vital to provide the books to our students, currently inside quarantine centers,” said Sheikh to Kashmir News Trust.

Hundreds of students arrived from Iran, Bangladesh, Pakistan and other countries. “Due to lack of 4G mobile service and other important facilities I felt they may be bored there so compiled 1,000 books mostly fiction, nonfiction, classic and best selling,” he added.

A worker wishing anonymity said: “I cannot say much because only my boss is authorized to speak to media but I am glad to have joined the social service. Students would have been bored and socially distress, the books will help them to kill time. I am proud to be the part of such a wonderful book house which has taken this great imitative.”

He further said that he along with other workers tried their best to help people open the doors of new knowledge to enlighten minds in difficult time.

As of now, four persons have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Kashmir Valley while the tally of such patients in the entire J&K has gone up to 7. Three cases were reported from Jammu earlier this month. The government informed that one among the patients has recovered.

Meanwhile, District Commissioner Srinagar quoted the Director SKIMS, Dr AG Ahangar as having said that Srinagar’s first Coronavirus Positive patient has been treated successfully at SKIMS Soura.

Taking to social networking site Twitter, Dr Shahid Choudhary wrote: “Srinagar’s first COVID-19 Positive case successfully treated: Director SKIMS. Let’s #BreakTheChain.”

So far nearly 500 people have been affected with virus with nine deaths in India. The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to spread globally, with the total number of infected cases reaching 381,761 on Tuesday.

As per reports, throughout the world, 16,558 people have died of Covid-19 so far, although, 102,400 people have also recovered. (KNT)

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