Students Decry Mandatory Mask Mandates At Educational Institutes

Srinagar- As the number of Covid cases hit an all-time low in Kashmir, students across various educational Institutes are urging the administration to do away with the compulsory face masks.

Students from various Institutes said the authorities ask them to wear face masks as they enter the premises of their Educational Institutes.

Sahil Ibn Sultan a B.Ed. student at Government College of Education said the college administration forces them to wear masks as they enter the college.

“I have taken both the shots of the covid vaccine and I don’t feel the need to wear mask at the moment’ Sahil said.

“With day temperatures increasing, wearing a mask is nauseating, he added.

Students from other Educational Institutes also voiced similar concerns.

“The doctors association has also suggested that most people in Kashmir can do away with the masks” said Muneer Hussain a student of Cluster University.

“I think it is not necessary anymore” he added.

The Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) had recently suggested that most people in the Valley do not need to wear masks now due to the low number of Covid cases. The association, while referencing Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention guidelines, said that Kashmir is a low risk area now.

Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Monday said most people in Kashmir valley do not need to wear masks under new guidelines.

“Masks can come off in schools too,” said DAK President and influenza expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan.

Dr Hassan said according to new CDC guidelines, people who are living in areas of low Covid-19 levels no longer need to wear masks.

“Under new norms, masks are not recommended if average new cases fall below 200 per 100,000 population, there are fewer than 10 Covid hospital admissions per 100,000 people over the past one week and Covid patients are taking up less than 10 percent of available hospital beds, based on seven day average,” he said.

“If cases exceed 200 per 100,000 people, masks are recommended if new weekly Covid admissions exceed 10 per 100,000 people and patients are taking up 10 percent or more hospital beds based on a seven day average,” he added.

With the UT of Jammu and Kashmir recording negligible number of covid cases, students have urged authorities not to force students to wear face masks.

Meanwhile, UT of J&K reported 17 new positive cases of novel Corona virus on Wednesday, 8 cases were reported from Jammu Division and 9 from Kashmir Division.

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Syed Mohammad Burhan

Syed Mohammad Burhan has Masters in Mass Communications and works as City Reporter at Kashmir Observer. He tweets @syedmohammad313

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