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Manali tourist crowds accused of inciting 3rd wave of COVID

HealthManali tourist crowds accused of inciting 3rd wave of COVID

After a drop in COVID cases, the Himachal Pradesh gov relaxed restrictions opening borders to other states resulting in huge tourist crowds.

With the sweltering heatwave in India, thousands traveled to Manali, a deliciously cool resort and tourist valley town in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh.  Hotel rooms were running out because the crowds were massive and people said that soon, hospital beds too will be running out.  With horror, citizens watched the mobs thronging Manali, none following COVID norms moving through crowds with no distancing.

It appeared that people in lockdown too long threw their worries to the winds, abandoning all COVID protocols, and as people said, “Corona loves the way humans forget the lessons from past experiences.”  This is said in light of a predicted third wave, which could be more severe than the second wave.  The second wave too was predicted, but none took heed, leading to a crisis situation in India.

People posted thousand of remarks, criticisms, and warnings on Twitter saying, “I know it’s hard not to go out and all, but people this pandemic is a real nightmare. Please be responsible.”

“They are not afraid of anything because These people have not lost anyone who is close to their hearts in the second wave of Covid.”

The total COVID cases in Himachal Pradesh are 2.03 lakhs, 1.98 lakhs recovered, and a total of 3,482.

People from the plains are visiting cool tourist exotic places such as Shimla, Kufri, Narkanda, Dalhousie, Manali, Lahaul, and other hill stations in huge numbers in light of the sultry hot summer in India.

Beautiful hill tourist town Manali is nestled in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh, India, in the northern end of the Kullu Valley, formed by the Beas River. The town is located in the Kullu district, approximately 270 kilometers (170 mi) north of the state capital of Shimla and 544 kilometers (338 mi) northeast of the national capital of Delhi.

With a population of 8,096 people recorded in the 2011 Indian census, Manali is the beginning of an ancient trade route through the Indian-administered territory of Ladakh, over the Karakoram Pass, and onto Yarkand and Hotan in the Tarim Basin of China. Manali is a popular tourist destination in India and serves as the gateway to the Lahaul and Spiti district as well as the city of Leh in Ladakh.

A beautiful picture of Manali

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