Huge crowds were seen at a popular tourist spot in Goa despite a worrying increase in Covid in the state, in a video which was shared widely on Twitter. Goa has witnessed a significant number of tourists since late December as revelers arrived in the coastal state for the Christmas and New Year festival season.
The huge influx of tourists, officials said, led to the COVID-19 positivity rate, which crossed 10% on Sunday.
“It’s a royal welcome for the Covid wave. Mainly tourists,” wrote the Twitter user, who called himself @Herman_Gomes.
The video shows hundreds of people walking on a road near Baga Beach in North Goa.
It was Baga Beach in Goa last night. Please take the Covid scenario seriously. It is a Royal welcome to the Covid wave Mainly tourists. pic.twitter.com/mcAdgpqFUO
– HermanGomes_journo (@Herman_Gomes) January 2, 2022
About 388 people have tested positive in Goa in the past 24 hours, according to data released by the Department of Health.
The addition of new cases brought the tally in the coastal state to 1,81,570, while one death brought the toll to 3,523. It said.
Thousands of domestic tourists have flocked to Goa’s beaches, pubs and nightclubs to see the New Year, even as the government imposes tighter restrictions to curb the latest variant of the coronavirus.
State authorities have issued guidelines for hotels, restaurants and casinos to admit only guests with valid vaccination certificates or proof of a negative test result.