J&K: Carelessness could lead to lockdown

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Srinagar: Authorities in the Kashmir Valley on Thursday threatened to impose a lockdown if people did not take precautions to save themselves from Covid-19’s Omicron variant.
“If people do not take extra precautions and follow all directions for safeguarding themselves from the virus, lockdown remains the ultimate option,” Srinagar District Magistrate Aijaz Asad told the media.
“We don’t want to suffer economically by imposing a lockdown. People just need to take appropriate and extra precautions to save themselves from getting infected with the virus,” he added
Asad said that Covid-19 cases were rising continuously.
“There is no need to be panic… Just follow the guidelines provided for taking precautionary measures. We are not in favor of imposing a lockdown.”
Asad said the virus was changing colors and nobody was hundred per cent sure that it will go away easily.
He urged people not to “live in any misconception about the virus that the impact is mild… The death rate is not zero… There are patients with comorbidities and elderly who are vulnerable”.