Uttarakhand Makes Negative COVID-19 Report & 2-Day Bookings Mandatory For Tourists After Seeing A Surge In Cases

by Tania Tarafdar
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Just a few days back, Uttarakhand Government had come up with this fantastic initiative called Tourist Incentive Coupon under which tourists visiting Uttrakhand would be offered 1000 for their accommodation. The offer was announced in an attempt to lure back tourists to the famous hill stations like Nainital and Mussoorie. However, with the surge in cases, the government has new and revised guidelines for tourists entering Uttarakhand.

Minimum 2 Days Of Booking, COVID-19 Negative Certificate Required

If you wish to travel to Uttarakhand, you will now have to book a minimum two-day stay, as compared to the seven days earlier needed. According to the new guidelines, tourists visiting the state will also compulsorily have to register on the Dehradun Smart City Limited website before their travel. And that’s not it! Now, you will also have to upload and bring RT-PCR or Antigen test negative report done not earlier than 96 hours before your arrival to Uttarakhand border. In case of travelling without COVID test report, you will have an option of paid antigen testing either at the Border Check Post, railway stations, airport or at any other ICMR authorised COVID testing lab in Uttarakhand.

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Hotels In Uttarakhand To Provide COVID-19 Testing Facilities

The guidelines also mentioned that hotels could tie-up with private labs to provide Covid-19 testing at the hotels. However, the hotels will have to ensure that before tourists are allowed to check-in, their Covid-19 test has been done. If anyone is found Covid-19 positive, then the hotel management will inform the district administration immediately.

Uttarakhand recorded 21,401 new cases

Tourism activities have gradually started in Uttarakhand to revive the state’s economy and prevent further loss of jobs in the hospitality sector. However, within a month of opening the door for tourists, Uttarakhand recorded 21,401 new cases. This is 64% of the total cases reported so far in the hill state. The spike in the cases does not come as good news to the locals and the tourists travelling to Uttarakhand. 

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Uttarkhand Recorded Highest COVID Cases In The Past 7 Days

In the past seven days, Uttarakhand recorded its highest number of average 1,096 cases per day pushing the COVID positive rate to 6.51 per cent, highest in six months. The active cases in the state too were at the highest mark of 10,374 last Monday. Uttarakhand Has A Glacier That Is Known To Be A Mythical Stairway To Heaven.

People Are Still Lax About Following Precautionary Measures

Even as the number of cases in the state continues to rise, people appear pretty relaxed in following proper precautionary measures like wearing masks and social distancing at public places. Foreign Tourist Yells At Uttarakhand Policeman, Refuses To Wear Mask & Says Coronavirus Doesn’t Exist

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The Recovery Rate Is Lower Than The National Average Recovery Rate

Did you know that the state had recorded its first positive case on March 15, when it had tested only 32 samples? In the past six months, the state has tested over 5.25 lakh samples and found 33,016 people infected with the novel coronavirus. Over 22,077 patients have recovered, setting the recovery rate at 66.87%, which is again lower than the national average recovery rate of 78.28%. The state has so far recorded 429 Covid-19 deaths. Uttarakhand To Have India’s First Snow Leopard Conservation Centre And Six City Forests.

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According to analysis, the spike in the cases was found in the past month from August 14 to September 14. This was the time when people from other states were being allowed in Uttarakhand. In the same time, 2.79 lakh samples were tested, 282 people lost their lives which are 65 per cent of the total deaths. Of the total 429 deaths reported across the state till Monday, 48 per cent deaths were from Dehradun, the temporary state capital.

To cut long story short, it can be extremely risky to travel right now. Till then enjoy this video of the world’s biggest tulip garden in Uttarakhand.

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