Just When Pakistani Tourism Coming Back on its feet, another unfortunate wave of CoronaVirus Case has just hit the shores of Tourism Hotspots like Naran Kaghan and Shogran. Many Staff Members are tested Positive with the COVID-19. Tourist Hotspots Naran Kaghan and Shogran Sealed after COVID-19 Outbreak.
The Mansehra District Administration has taken these precautionary measures in order to fight against the Noval CoronaVirus and sealed the Hotels in Tourist Hotspot in Naran Kaghan and Shogran. The Decision was taken on Sunday!
Tourist Hotspots Naran Kaghan and Shogran Sealed after COVID-19 Outbreak
Maqbool Hussain, the Additional Deputy Commissioner, told Dawn that the district health department reported 47 virus cases at private hotels located in these spots. He said that as a consequence, 48 hotels, including 22 main businesses and their respective branches, had been sealed at all three tourist spots and the infected patients have been quarantined within the hotels.
Moreover, the infected patients were quarantined at the hotels. The officials tested the staff members that had come into direct contact with the patients. He added that the local health department and officials are in the process of tracing and testing those who had come into contact with the patients.
Smart lockdown Recommended by KDA
Meanwhile, the Kaghan Development Authority (KDA) wrote a letter on Sunday to the Mansehra deputy commissioner and requested a smart lockdown at the five hotels and restaurants in Naran. On Saturday, the authority sealed the businesses after workers tested positive for the coronavirus.
KDA Deputy Director Mazhar Hussain said, “Many employees tested positive for the infection, leading to the sealing of the hotels.”
Rise in Covid-19 Cases in KPK and SOPs
Not Long ago, when the Federal and Provincial Governments have lifted the Ban and Restrictions on the Tourism. But Many Tourist Hotspots experiencing an unprecedented rise in CoronaVirus Cases. However, the Malakand and Hazara Divisions have launched a detailed operation to make sure that Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) have been practised.
Meanwhile, a report by the K-P department said nearly 627,000 tourists had entered the Malakand and Hazara divisions after the government lifted COVID-19 restrictions. According to K-P health department official data, eight districts of Hazara have experienced an increase in COVID-19 cases after the reopening of the hotels.
Meanwhile, Raza Ali Habib, Director-General Galiyat Development Authority (GDA) said, “Tourists’ inflow to Abbottabad and Galiyat was high as compared to other areas. This was because the entry of more than 356,000 was on record in the areas in the first 12 days. We have started conducting random testing of both tourists and hotel workers.”
Moreover, Habib said testing of 1000 tourists took place during the last one week. Out of them, 25 had tested positive for COVID-19. According to Habib, the situation was not highly alarming but still a number of hotels and restaurants in Galiyat have been closed.
Meanwhile, the officials have pleaded to tourists to cooperate with the government and to follow SOPs for controlling the virus. The government of Pakistan recently opened major businesses including tourism earlier this month after five months.