Three persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Kashmir on Wednesday, taking the total number of cases in the valley to 103.
There has been a curfew and communications blackout in Kashmir since the Indian government revoked the region’s autonomy last year.
The fear over the coronavirus is compounded by a feeling among Kashmiris that the administration is not being transparent with them as the valley’s administration reports to New Delhi.
A major crisis is regarding the Muslim majority region’s healthcare is that the Kashmir’s hospitals, which remain understaffed and ill-equipped to fight the deadly virus.
The data say that the doctor to patient ratio in the Kashmir region is one of the lowest in India.
Compared to the doctor-patient ratio of 1:2,000 in India, Jammu and Kashmir has one allopathic doctor for 3,866 people against the WHO norm of one doctor for 1,000 population.
In Kashmir, one of the most militarized zones in the world. The military to civilian ratio is 1:10