MUMBAI: With up to 28% of Indians planning to travel in August-September, which is also the time of some of the country’s main festivals, the risk of the third wave of the pandemic is expected to increase, according to a survey.
In a statement, online platform LocalCircles also said its April 12 investigation described the immediate risk of a second wave suggesting governments impose travel restrictions.
To re-estimate the risk in light of a potential third wave of Covid-19 and to understand people’s travel plans for the coming months, LocalCircles conducted another survey. He also sought to understand the reason for their trip amid the second wave of the pandemic, he said.
The survey received over 18,000 responses from citizens residing in 311 districts, with 68 percent of respondents being men and the rest women.
LocalCircles said 28% of citizens plan to travel between August and September, although only 5% have made their reservations. He added that during the second wave of the outbreak, many citizens faced starting issues to cancel their travel plan for the summer.
In many cases, the travel agency or the airline did not refund anything, and some citizens lost the full amount of the ticket, while some were able to recover a partial amount, and others were asked to re – book the ticket for a later date, he declared.
As many citizens are now eagerly awaiting travel in August and September, the first question of the survey was to know their current plan.
“In response it received from 9,146 people, 63% of citizens said they did not intend to travel during those two months.
“Five percent said they have plans and have booked tickets, as well as stays while 23 percent said they plan to travel during those two months but have not booked tickets. and they still remain. ”LocalCircles said in the statement.
Meanwhile, many parts of India have festival vacations and there is a lot of travel taking place. Many also tend to associate the holidays with the weekends by taking a day or two off, he said.
The survey also asked citizens what type of personal trip they plan to take in the next two months.
“In response, 13% of citizens said ‘vacation destination’, 39% of citizens said ‘visiting family and friends’ and 22% said ‘other trip’,” he said.
The report adds that survey results indicate that among those planning to travel in August-September, 54% will visit friends and family.
On an aggregate basis, if data from those planning to travel in August-September is analyzed, this indicates that 54 percent plan to “visit family and friends,” 26 percent will travel to “destinations. vacation, ”and 32 percent will undertake other types of travel, according to the release.
In summary, with the number of daily Covid-19 cases declining, 28% of citizens plan to travel in August-September. As the survey results show, 23% of citizens plan to travel within the next two months, although they have not yet booked their tickets and only 5% of citizens surveyed have booked their tickets and their travel. accommodation, he said.
Among those planning to travel, the majority of the 54% of citizens plan to meet their friends and family, while 26% plan to travel to a vacation destination, LocalCircles said.
“The government must continue to educate people about limiting non-essential travel until the risk of a third wave of Covid-19 is reduced significantly.
“The biggest travel challenge when the virus spreads was seen in March and April during the Kumbh Mela when, as worshipers returned to their hometowns, many returned with the infection,” LocalCircles said.
The platform said it would also submit the results of this survey to central and state governments, so that these can be used as input into policy decisions regarding the mitigation of the risk of the third wave of Covid-19 in India.
Although daily cases in India have declined dramatically for almost two months, from four lakh to 40,000, infections in some districts continue to follow an upward trajectory, particularly in Kerala and Maharashtra, LocalCircles said.
“The test positivity rate in 45 districts across India would still be 10% or more.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed concerns earlier this month over overcrowding at tourist destinations and markets and over the Covid-19 situation in Maharashtra and Kerala as they reported increasing numbers of infections.” , did he declare.
It can be recalled that the spread of the infection was very concentrated in Maharashtra at the start of the second wave, but the impact then spread across the country, the online platform said.
He added: “Prime Minister Modi has told the Cabinet that there should be no space for recklessness or complacency and called on ministers to take all possible precautions to contain and mitigate the spread.”
Experts have warned that with the build-up of crowds, weak adherence to the appropriate behavior of Covid-19, the third wave is inevitable, and it could strike the country in August-September.
Some experts have also pointed out the danger of the Delta Plus variant spreading. However, so far the number of Delta Plus variant cases identified via genome sequencing across India has been less than 500, the statement said.

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