Goa beach swarmed with tourists amid omicron scare | Watch
- A video clip of a road near Goa’s Baga beach has gone viral, which shows the street packed with thousands of tourists
- Goa, a popular tourist destination for young couples and families, has been the perennial go-to spot
- The state brings in tourists from across the world, especially during Christmas and New Year
With 2022 just setting in, two notable things have been on the rise, namely, the omicron variant of the coronavirus, and apparently, the footfall in Goa. A recent video clip of a road near Goa’s Baga beach has gone viral on the internet, with the street packed with thousands of tourists.
Goa, a popular tourist destination for young couples and families, has been the perennial go-to spot. The state brings in tourists from across the world, especially during Christmas and New Year. This year, too, despite the agonising surge of Covid cases, thousands of tourists took off to Goa for a beachy retreat, increasing the COVID-19 positivity rate in the state by a whopping 10 per cent on Sunday.
The viral video posted on Twitter by a user named Herman Gomes has amassed hundreds of likes and retweets, with many concerned Twitter users being appalled by the congested scene in the video. Gomes captioned the video, “This is a royal welcome to the Covid wave. Mostly tourists." Another user wrote, “Welcoming the New Year or the third wave?”
Undeterred by newly imposed restrictions, Goa continues to be one of the most crowded tourist spots in the country, with tourist arrivals on a rise since December.
In the past 24 hours, Goa has had around 388 people who have tested positive for the virus, according to data published by the Health Ministry. The tally has reached a whopping 1,81,570 cases, with one death increasing the toll to 3,523.
Beaches, pubs, nightclubs, and casinos have been some of the most crowded spots in Goa of late, with hundreds of tourists celebrating the New Year.
State authorities have directed casinos, restaurants, and hotels to only permit those guests who furnish valid vaccination proof and negative test results.