Tourists have been thronging Himachal Pradesh as the second wave of COVID-19 is seeing a significant decline in the country. However, this is raising fears about the impending third Covid wave.
People from the plains were seen visiting tourist hotspots like Shimla, Kufri, Narkanda, Dalhousie, Manali, Lahaul and other places in the hill state in large numbers to get rid of the scorching heat.
Meanwhile, the occupancy in the hotels has also significantly increased and is expected to reach its peak in the coming days.
As pictures of huge crowds seen in Manali went viral, concerned citizens slammed the tourists, and expressed disappointment over social distancing and safety. Others shared memes and took jibes at the carelessness of the public, saying that if citizens don’t learn their lessons, the third wave is not far away.
However, the increase in the number of tourists has posed a challenge to the state government to ensure adhering of Covid protocol by the visitors amid fears of an impending third wave of coronavirus infections.