Tourism in Darjeeling suspended till July 31 due to increasing numbers of Coronavirus cases, Darjeeling


Tourism in Darjeeling suspended till July 31 due to increasing numbers of Coronavirus cases

Given the sudden boost in the numbers of Corona positive cases in West Bengal and the nearby hill stations, the Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA) has decided to suspend all tourism activities in Darjeeling till July 31. The decision was taken just a week after the gorgeous hills of Darjeeling were reopened for tourists. The council has also urged people of the hill stations, including Kalimpong, not to travel to Siliguri without any important reason due to the increasing numbers of virus patients.

Anit Thapa, GTA chairman said, “I am very concerned over the rising number of COVID-19 cases in our nation, the state government has already announced a rigorous lockdown to be enforced in all containment zones from July 9. As you all know, the number of cases are much less in the hills, as compared to Siliguri but that doesn’t mean that we are safe from the virus.”

He further said that the council has decided to ban tourists in the GTA regions, starting Thursday till July 31. The chairman also announced that a strict screening of people in Simulbarie and Chitrey regions will be done.

Asking residents to stay mentally and physically strong, he added, “I am standing with the people of GTA, administration, police, health workers, ASHA workers in our fight against COVID-19. We will fight united against this virus and stop the spread”.

Besides Darjeeling, a total lockdown has been imposed in nine community wards in Siliguri and Jalpaiguri for the next seven days. Animesh Bose, joint coordinator of Siliguri Fight Corona Committee said that the decision was taken as residents have been asking for a total lockdown in the wards where virus cases have been reported.

The beautiful hill station of Darjeeling so far has 84 regions that come under containment zones and, according to the West Bengal Health Department, Darjeeling has recorded 234 Coronavirus positive cases and 10 deaths.

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