Seven-month-old Fatima who has pneumonia rests in her mother’s lap on a day when five patients were tested positive in this district. As the world scrambles to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, fear and anxiety prevail in Indian-administered Kashmir where four COVID-19 cases were detected. Hospitals in the disputed Himalayan region have an acute shortage of doctors and paramedics, while its healthcare facilities are insufficient to meet the crisis which has unsettled countries with world-class medical infrastructure.
Umar Para, 19, is a freelance documentary photojournalist based in Indian-administered Kashmir. He has been published In BBC, The Quint and my other publications. He was a finalist in the Polyphony International Photo Festival and the Indian Photo Festival Portrait Prize 2020.