COVID-19 Third Wave: Crowding In Hill Stations Is ‘Frightening’, Centre Issues Warning

According to the sources, the health ministry is likely to write to the Himachal Pradesh government over rampant flouting of Covid-appropriate behaviour and social distancing norms in Shimla and Manali.

Amid the second wave of COVID-19 when India is bravely fighting the virus and things are getting back to normal but we are seeing rather irresponsible behaviour from people who are taking the ease in lockdown restrictions for granted. In the last few weeks India has reported fewer daily coronavirus cases and the lockdown restrictions have been lifted across many states in the country but this has led people to take-offs and visit hill stations for vacations.

There have been reports of huge crowd gatherings in Manali, Shimla, and other tourist destinations in India that could have an adverse effect on our fight against COVID-19. Seeing the current scenario of people gathering in the hill stations and markets without following COVID-19-appropriate behaviours is raising concerns. Following this the Union Health Ministry warned that this kind of carelessness can invalidate the gains made in the management of the pandemic so far.

Hence, the Union Health Ministry stressed over it that the pandemic is not over yet, so the experts have described the images of large numbers of people thronging hill stations as “frightening”.

“People are indulging in revenge travel with restrictions being lifted. Some photos published in the media of Manali and Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, Mussoorie in Uttarakhand, Sadar Bazar and Laxmi Nagar in Delhi, and Dadar market in Mumbai show a huge crowd roaming around without following social distancing and wearing masks,” said joint secretary in the health ministry Lav Agarwal. He further added, “People need to understand that the virus and the disease are still here. People roaming in hill stations and markets without maintaining physical distance and not wearing masks can nullify the gains made in the management of the pandemic so far.”

ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava said some states in the country are still struggling with the second wave of COVID-19. He stated that the pictures from hill stations and markets are “frightening”.

“The areas reporting a test positivity rate of over 10 per cent have to impose/ reinstate certain restrictive measures which have shown to be time tested and found to be effective because the virus is still lurking around,” he said. “The second wave of COVID-19 has come down in most states. However, some states are still in the midst of the second wave.”

According to the sources, the health ministry is likely to write to the Himachal Pradesh government over rampant flouting of Covid-appropriate behaviour and social distancing norms in Shimla and Manali.

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