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Traveller’s Bug: Covid Cases Spike In Bengal As Tourists Rush To Escape The Heat

How safe is it to travel during the pandemic? Is it linked with the escalation in Covid-19 cases?

Traveller’s Bug: Covid Cases Spike In Bengal As Tourists Rush To Escape The Heat
Travel With Caution

How long can you stay cooped up in your home? Coivid-19 put paid to travel plans of many in 2020. After over a year, many have understandably become fidgety and daring, and in the summer heat, escape to the hills has suddenly boomed in West Bengal. But how safe is it to travel during the pandemic? Is it linked with the escalation in Covid-19 cases? These are questions now being asked by health professionals and administrative officials, after a quarter of Covid-19 cases over the past two months were registered in the state’s districts hosting popular tourist destinations. Notably, most of these districts have low population density.

Daily Covid-19 bulletins reveal that 17,374 of the state’s 70,519 case ­record­ed between June 15 and August 15 were in the districts of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Jalpaiguri and East Midnapore.

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