Indian officials fear that a flood of tourists into the mountainous towns of the Himalayas could foster the outbreak of a new Covid-19 as it warns of a possible summer resurgence of the virus.
Indians have flocked to popular mountain hideouts such as Shimla, Manali and Musuri in recent weeks to escape the scorching summer heat and take full advantage of the recent decline in the country’s coronavirus cases. I will. Catastrophic second wave Of this year’s virus.
Many countries, including mountainous areas that rely on tourism, Is restarting Local governments are encouraging domestic travel in the hope of limiting the serious economic consequences of long-term blockades.
But officials warned that India could Face the third wave In the coming months, a crowd of tourists said they could endanger the hard-earned amnesty as parts of the country continued to fight high Covid positive rates and increasing communications.
The Indian Ministry of Interior issued a warning on Saturday about “a blatant disregard of Covid’s proper behavior in summer resorts and other tourist destinations.” VK Paul, head of the Covid-19 Task Force in India, said on Friday that the surge in tourism activity “has created new risks.”
During the height of the second wave of May, India recorded more than 400,000 infections and 4,000 deaths a day. Both numbers are considered to be highly underestimated. Overwhelming medical system..
Government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced Fierce criticism of complacency And because the onslaught could not be avoided, he tried to guarantee the public that he was prepared for the possibility of a resurgence of the incident.
The official daily number of cases has dropped to about 40,000, but parts of India are fighting new infections.Maharashtra, India’s wealthiest state and home to the financial capital Mumbai, is located in the southern state of Kerala. Register the increasing number of cases..
According to the Interior Ministry, the percentage of positive tests in some of the states with popular mountain hideouts, such as West Bengal, Uttarakhand, and Himachal Pradesh, exceeds the threshold of 10%.
Images of unmasked crowds rushing into scenic spots and crowded mountain roads caused disappointment. According to the local newspaper Hindustan Times, police said they had returned 2,000 cars on their way to Mussoorie, a tourist destination in Uttarakhand.
India Tourism industry However, since the pandemic began, foreign tourists have been virtually locked out of the country and disasters are approaching.
Last month, the government announced several bailouts, including guaranteed loans to tourist guides and businesses, many of which are facing financial collapse.
Experts said the danger of the third wave was exacerbated by Vaccination pace is slow, India continues to face a shortage of jabs to inoculate the population.
Since reaching the daily vaccination record of 8.6m in late June, the number of doses per day has fallen below 4m.
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