KAZIRANGA, March 14 - The tourist flow, especially foreign tourists into Kaziranga National Park, has recorded a decreasing trend after the government issued advisory to avoid nonessential travel due to the rapid spread of coronavirus in various parts of the globe, including India.
According to Circle Officer of Bokakhat Shagufta Suheliy, an awareness meeting was held on March 13 at Kohora, in which the stakeholders of tourism including those associated with hotels, resorts, restaurants and safari were apprised of the need of taking essential steps to prevent any spread of coronavirus in Kaziranga. She informed that foreign tourists visiting Kaziranga and staying in different hotels and resorts were advised to go for health check-up at Kohora Model Hospital if necessary to avoid any spread of coronavirus.
It is worth mentioning here that Government of India has cancelled the tourist visa of visitors of some of the countries which have been severely affected by the massive impact of coronavirus. Secondly, those tourists who came to Kaziranga earlier are being monitored by Health and Family Welfare department. The awareness meeting was jointly conducted by Bokakhat subdivisional administration and Health department.
According to Forest department sources, there is no established fact to suggest any kind of spread and infection of coronavirus from human to wild animals in Kaziranga National Park.
Parents of local schools in Kaziranga are very much concerned for health condition of children who often face some form of gathering while coming to school. They are of the view that since coronavirus has severely affected many parts of India and already claimed two lives, so Assam government should close down schools at least till March 31 as a preventive measure.