As the world is fighting against the deadly pandemic Coronavirus, the lives of people across the globe have come to a standstill. While several countries have declared a nationwide lockdown, many others have temporarily banned the entry of foreign nationals and tourists in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19. What started as a disease from the city of Wuhan in China turned into a global pandemic within a span of just three months forcing countries across the world to take emergency measures.
As a result, most airlines have grounded their flights and almost all travels have been suspended until further notice as the virus continues to infect more and more people with no signs of disappearing soon. All people have been advised to stay home to stay safe and the virus has hit all industries, including the travel and hospitality industries the most. By some estimates, the worldwide tourism industry has suffered unprecedented losses, with a drop in tourists of almost 25%.
Travel plans dashed amid COVID-19 outbreak
Locked in their homes, confined to the four walls, travel buffs have no choice but to scroll through the old pictures and keep sharing throwback selfies waiting for the lockdowns to lift and normalcy to restore. Amid the virus outbreak, NGTI conducted a reader survey which revealed what Indian travellers feel after putting their travel plans on hold.
As per the survey, “72% of the respondents had planned summer trips mostly to Europe, or South East Asia. And almost all of them cancelled their holidays with the explosion of COVID-19 cases across the globe.” The survey reveals that travellers adhered to the government advisory and cancelled their long-planned trips to do their bit in the fight against coronavirus.
Almost all major travel destinations which travellers used to flock to have come under the radar with USA, Italy, Spain, Germany being the worst hit in the world as China managed to restore normalcy and even lifted lockdown from the epicentre of the virus, Wuhan.
“It feels like we’re living in World War Z,” said a traveller who has already cancelled her trip to Germany and is sceptic about visiting Ibiza for her best friend’s wedding in September.
World in the grip of COVID-19 fear
Meanwhile, coronavirus, scientifically termed as COVID-19, has claimed as many as 24,914 lives across the world while the number of confirmed cases reached 551,113. While China, the first country to battle the novel virus, is gradually returning to normalcy after a decline in new cases, USA, Italy and Spain are bearing the brunt of the pandemic the most at present.
With more than 85,755 infections, USA tops the Chart beating China which has 81,340 confirmed cases. Among the worst-hit countries is Italy with 80,589 confirmed cases and 8,215 fatalities, more than double of China’s 3,292. With 4,858 deaths due to the virus, Spain has surpassed China’s figures and has 64,059 confirmed infections to date.. As the virus spreads from human-to-human transmissions, governments and health officials have been urging people to self-isolate themselves and avoid social interactions in a bid to contain the further spread of the novel coronavirus.
(Curated by Priya Pareek)