Leh: The district of Leh recorded its first coronavirus case on 7 March after two pilgrims from Iran tested positive. After that, local administration mobilised its tracking and testing measures to contain the pandemic.
However, after more stranded passengers started reaching Leh, the district saw a surge in positive cases. As of 22 June, there were 847 reported cases in the Union Territory of Ladakh, of which 557 are in Kargil and 153 in Leh. Due to rising numbers, the Leh district administration swung into action and announced both a lockdown and a rotation system for shops to keep their limited business going.
Amid all this, Chinese incursions occurred at multiple places in Sikkim and Ladakh since early May. While the intrusion in Naku La was settled mutually by the Indian Army and the Chinese PLA (People’s Liberation Army), the stand-off in Ladakh took a deadly turn when 20 Indian soldiers, including a colonel, were killed during a violent face-off in the Galwan Valley region on the night of 15 June. The constant clashes has seen a massive build-up of troops by both sides around the Galwan Valley, Hot Springs and Pangong Lake areas. This has only added to the troubles of Ladakh’s people.
ThePrint journalists Sajid Ali and Sravasti Dasgupta, who are currently in Leh, show us glimpses of what life looks like in the Union Territory now.