The coronavirus pandemic, fear and anxiety prevail Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K) after four COVID-19 cases were detected.
Hospitals in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K) are experiencing a severe shortage of doctors and paramedics, while its health facilities are insufficient to deal with the Coronavirus crisis.
Indian Occupied valley residents fear the potentially disastrous consequences of the coronavirus pandemic after the first case of infection was reported Thursday. The confirmation came after government spokesman Rohit Kansal tweeted the news and called on the public to take safety measures to stem the virus’ spread and stay indoors.
But the people in the region are questioning how they can access any information on the pandemic when the government has restricted internet access.
Zaffar Mohiudin, a medical student, told Anadolu Agency, “How will you get informed about this pandemic which has struck globally when you do not have access to information?”
“Here the government is more concerned about so-called security and terror activities but is less concerned about the health and safety of the people of the region. It is high time for the government to restore high-speed internet in the region so that people can have information.”
The predominantly Muslim region has been subject to strict security and communications ban since August 5, when New Delhi deprived the disputed Himalayan region of its special status. The internet was restored earlier this month, but it remains slow because 4G services are still not allowed.
South Asia has been slow to be hit by coronavirus compared to elsewhere in the world. But new cases in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka are all accelerating, with the total across the region topping 500. Five people have died of the disease in the region.
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