INDIA. New Delhi: The Transcontinental Times talked about recent images of travelers at various hill stations, and the disturbing behavior of large crowds without face masks, and zero social distancing at city markets. Prime Minister Narendra Modi while speaking at a virtual meeting of chief ministers from the eight northeastern states also made a mention of this act of Revenge Tourism and underlined the need to follow COVID-19 protocols to ward off a potential third wave of infections. He stressed the importance of adhering to basic rules – wearing face masks when in public, avoiding large gatherings, and ensuring vaccination – to prevent a third wave of COVID-19 cases.
Noting the fast mutating nature of the virus, the Prime Minister advised strict monitoring of the mutation and keep track of all variants. He informed experts are studying the mutations and their impact. In such a scenario, prevention and treatment are critical, he said emphasising COVID-19 appropriate behaviour. Shri Modi emphasised that the utility of physical distancing, mask, vaccine is clear. Similarly, the strategy of testing tracking and treatment is a proven strategy.
Acknowledging the impact of the pandemic on tourism and business, the Prime Minister strongly cautioned against crowding at hill stations without observing proper precautions. Rejecting the argument that people want to enjoy before the arrival of the third wave, he said that this needs to be understood that the third wave will not come on its own. He said that the main question in our mind should be how to prevent the third wave. Experts are repeatedly warning against carelessness and crowding as they can lead to a massive surge in cases. He strongly advocated preventing avoidable crowding.
He stressed the need for rapid and widespread vaccination and also said that strict monitoring of the mutation and keeping track of all variants is the need of the hour to stop the spread of COVID-19.