The tourism sector adds to India’s GDP by 9 percent. India’s aviation, tourism and hospitality industry sustained highest damage from Covid19 outbreak

1. The industry comprises of hotels, restaurants, tour agencies, food and beverage outlets, transportation, etc

2. Indian tourism industry is projected to suffer a loss of 125 trillion in 2020 along with a potential loss of around 38 million, that is, 70% of the overall workspace

3. Relative to last year, the tourism income in the country may be declined in 2020.The outbreak of the corona virus triggered global recession by 2020.

4. There is a sense of fear among people that foreign tourists could be carriers of viruses because the virus came from
aboard to India

5. Through an economic standpoint, the ban of traveling and closure of industrial units leads to a reduction in jobs and
production

6. Neither can all roads be opened in rural areas or new tourism trails be built 2020 (ref. Figure 1). This makes India gradually climb up the ladder to position 4 in the global table of Covid-19 affected countries.

WHICH STATES IN INDIA HAVE BEEN MAJORLY AFFECTED BY THIS PANDEMIC?

The COVID-19 pandemic in India is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The first case of COVID-19 in India was reported on 30 January, 2020.  As of April 2021, India has the second-highest number of confirmed cases in the world with more than 17 million reported cases of COVID-19 infection and 195,123 deaths as of 26 April 2021.

The states which have been majorly affected by this pandemic are:

MAHARASHTRA

The state had a case positivity rate of over 19%, much higher than the national average of 7.8 % (as on September 1). The high share of Covid-19 tests that were positive indicated that the virus was still prevalent in the state. Since June, the state had been reporting in excess of 200 deaths every day.

ANDHRA PRADESH

There had been 4.65 lakh cases in the state since the outbreak of the pandemic. In August, the state received 2.93 lakh cases- nearly 300% increase in cases from July. In July, however there was a massive 1000% increase in cases from June. On August 31, Andhra Pradesh overtook Tamil Nadu to become the second worst affected state in the country.

KARNATAKA

The death toll in the state breached 6000 mark on September 3 with 104 fatalities. The state reported 8,865 cases taking the total number of infection to 3.70 lakh. Contrary to the success of initial days, the state was finding it difficult to manage the growing rate of infection.

UTTAR PRADESH

The corona virus death toll in Uttar Pradesh was risen to about 3,691 in September. While 5,776 fresh cases pressed the state’s infection tally to 2, 47,101.

TAMIL NADU

Tamil Nadu achieved a milestone in testing for corona virus. In line with the thrust on testing as a key measure in the battle against the pandemic, Tamil Nadu has been among the states with a high The corona virus death toll in Uttar Pradesh was risen to about 3,691 in September. While 5,776 fresh cases pressed the state’s infection tally to 2, 47,101.number of tests.

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