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‘Revenge Travel’ Spike Is Real, And It Could Possibly Become The Main Reason For Third Wave; Warns ICMR



With the second wave of Covid-19 rattling the entire nation, earlier this year, ignoring the possibility of a third wave would be quite a foolish thing to do, and so the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) recently shared a statement highlighting the perils of ‘revenge travel’ that could eventually turn into a nightmare. According to ICMR, revenge travel could very well become the main cause of the third wave in India, given the dramatic influx of tourists in popular travel destinations.

Learning from past mistakes, the ICMR has suggested popular tourist destinations enforce strict Covid-19 protocols, in addition to mandatory negative RT-PCR reports or vaccination certificates for all visitors. According to ICMR’s research team, a sudden spike of visitors in popular hill stations like Manali is a cause of concern as it could result in a third wave. “A sudden increase in population density due to incoming tourists or mass congregations due to social, political or religious reasons can worsen the third wave scenario,” the ICMR experts said.

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The opinion piece published in the Journal of Travel Medicine, also claims a sudden increase in visitors to popular tourist destinations due to revenge travel which could trigger the third wave in India. “Such travel is particularly worrying when it involves destinations such as Himalayan mountain towns, which have previously imposed restrictions effectively controlling transmission, and would now see a substantial increase in population density with the influx of tourists,” ISRO stated.

While there are no restrictions on domestic travel currently, ICMR has advised popular north-eastern tourist states to come up with ideas to mitigate travel-related risk amid the ongoing pandemic while urging them to follow the pandemic guidelines.

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