Authorities in India are concerned that a large influx of visitors to Himalayan mountain villages could lead to new Covid-19 infections and have warned of the potential for a resurgence of the virus in the summer. this.
Much of the country, including the mountainous regions dependent on tourism, is currently accessible, and local governments have boosted domestic tourism in hopes of mitigating the severe economic impact of the prolonged lockdown.
In recent weeks, Indians have flocked to popular mountain getaways like Shimla, Manali and Mussoorie to escape the sweltering summer heat and take advantage of the recent decline in cases. the country’s coronavirus infection, leading to a second wave of the deadly virus this year.
On Saturday, India’s Ministry of Home Affairs give a warning for “blatant disregard for Covid’s behavior at mountain stations and other tourist sites.”
According to VK Paul, chairman of India’s Covid-19 Task Force, rush travel has created a new risk.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has been criticized for its complacency, and to assuage the criticism, it has tried to reassure the public that it is prepared for the possibility of a flare-up again in schools. well suited.
Although the official daily download has dropped to around 40,000, retransmission is still a problem in some parts of India. Maharashtra, India’s wealthiest state and home to financial hub Mumbai, has reinstated certain lockdown measures, while Kerala, India’s southernmost state, has seen an increase in numbers service.
According to the Home Office, the rate of positive tests in areas such as West Bengal, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh – all with popular mountain getaways – has surpassed the 10% mark.
At the top of second wave In May, India recorded more than 400,000 infections and 4,000 deaths a day – both figures believed to be significantly underestimated – in a severe surge that has overwhelmed the authorities. health care facility.
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