- Title: Indiaâ€™s Goa sees plunge in visitors amid coronavirus concerns
- Date: 14th August 2021
- Summary: PANAJI, GOA, INDIA (AUGUST 14, 2021) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) SHACKS AT BEACH SIGN READING (English): "I LOVE GOA" VARIOUS OF TOURISTS AT BEACH WAVES IN SEA PEOPLE SITTING UNDER CANOPY UMBRELLAS VARIOUS TOURISTS AT BEACH (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT, GOA HOTEL AND RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION, GAURISH DHOND, SAYING: "The individuals, the couples, they are on a lower trend. But we would like to see more people because as SOPs (standard operating procedures) get easier every week, I am sure after 'Ganesha Chaturthi' (Hindu elephant god festival), September onwards, the season will definitely be on a better way." VARIOUS OF TOURISTS WALKING IN SHOPS NEAR BEACHES SHOPS AT BEACHES (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) TOURIST FROM NEW DELHI, PARAM, SAYING: "Crowd is less and rest everything is normal. So, we are enjoying ourselves. The tides are high, that is the best part." PANAJI, GOA, INDIA (AUGUST 13, 2021) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) EXTERIOR OF OUR LADY OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH PEOPLE STANDING OUTSIDE CHURCH VARIOUS OF WOMEN CLICKING SELFIES STRANDED SHOPS SHOPKEEPER SITTING AT SHOP PEOPLE STANDING OUTSIDE SHOP VARIOUS OF EMPTY RESTAURANTS PANAJI, GOA, INDIA (AUGUST 14, 2021) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) TOURIST FROM NEW DELHI, JASPREET, SAYING: "This was a situational visit and we are sightseeing and the crowd is less and comparatively less lively but feels alright. (REPORTER ASKING: What precautions are you taking for your safety?) We are regularly using mask and sanitiser to stay safe" PANAJI, GOA, INDIA (AUGUST 13, 2021) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) VARIOUS OF SCOOTERS ON RENTAL FOR TOURISTS PARKED AT STAND VARIOUS OF CASION ON BOATS LYING BARREN
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- Keywords: COVID-19 Coronavirus Goa India Panaji RT-PCR beaches cases churches deaths lockdown tourism vaccination
- Location: PANAJI, GOA, INDIA
- City: PANAJI, GOA, INDIA
- Country: India
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA001EQ9339R
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- Story Text: India's Goa state, a hugely popular tourist destination, is witnessing a decline in the footfall of tourists as compared to previous years owing to the pandemic and concerns of a possible third wave of the deadly coronavirus.
A small state on India's Western coast, Goa boasts of quaint Portuguese colonial charm, sun-kissed beaches and great seafood and is a favourite haunt for domestic and international travellers.
However, hoteliers in the state are feeling the heat of the contagion and a significant drop in the footfall of the tourists.
"The individuals, the couples, they are on a lower trend," said President, Goa Hotel and Restaurant Association, Gaurish Dhond on Saturday (August 14).
The state, which is among one the most visited places in India, had ordered the closure of casinos, clubs, and requested travellers to avoid visiting the tourist haven in the wake of the pandemic.
Only beaches, hotels, and shops are allowed to open for a limited time.
India reported 38,667 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, a government statement said on Saturday.
Daily COVID-19 deaths in the country rose by 478, health ministry data showed. Total cases rose to 32.12 million.
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