New Delhi: The battle against deadly coronavirus is far from over. At a time when the possible threat of a coronavirus third wave is looming over our heads, a shocking survey has revealed that as many as 28 per cent Indians are planning to travel during August to September.Also Read - Amitabh Bachchan Tests COVID Positive, Asks Contacts To Get Checked
Survey Shows 28% Indians Plan to Travel During Aug-Sept Amid Covid Third Wave Scare
HT reported that, recently an online platform called, LocalCircles, conducted a survey to analyse the risk of a probable third wave of Covid-19, and also to understand people’s travel plans in the upcoming months. In the survey, more than 18,000 responses from citizens living in 311 districts, with 68 per cent being men and the rest being women, were recorded. Also Read - Bihar CM Nitish Kumar Tests Positive for COVID
What Did The Survey Reveal?
According to the report, LocalCircles stated that while 28 per cent are planning to travel between August and September, five per cent have already made their bookings for accommodation. In fact, as many as 9,146 people (63 per cent) said that they don’t have any plan to travel during these months. “Nine per cent said they’re undecided,” HT quoted the platform’s statement. Also Read - Jharkhand Govt Issues New Guidelines For Containment Of COVID-19 As Cases Rise
“The government must continue to create awareness among people about limiting non-essential travel till the time the risk of a third Covid-19 wave greatly reduces,” the statement added.
The Risk of COVID Third Wave?
Meanwhile LocalCircles, the online platform, also said that it will submit the survey findings to both central and state governments in order for them to use the same as an input in formulating policies to mitigate the risk of third wave of Covid-19.
Notably, a report by the State Bank of India (SBI) released earlier this month indicated that the third wave of coronavirus may hit the country from August, reaching its peak in September. “Going by the current data, India can experience daily Covid-19 cases around 10,000 somewhere around the second week of July. However, the cases can start rising by the second fortnight of August,” the report titled “Covid-19: the race to finishing line” and prepared by SBI Research, stated.
Why Travel Amid a Possible Third Wave of Covid-19?
The LocalCircles survey found that many had apprehensions about cancelling their plans due to the travel agent or the airline not refunding anything while some entirely lost their ticket amount. Some citizens were unable to retrieve a partial amount, and others were told to re-book the ticket for a later date, the survey showed.
Besides, the LocalCircles survey found that 13 per cent of people want to spend leisure time in a “holiday destination”, while 39 per cent said that they would like to “visit family and friends.” A total of 22 per cent citizens said that they have “other travel” plans.
The report further stated that on an aggregate basis, of citizens with plans to travel during August to September, 54 per cent will be visiting friends and family and 26 per cent will be travelling to “holiday destinations”. Another 32 per cent citizens will be undertaking other kinds of travels, the statement noted.
On Sunday, India recorded an overall 39,742 new Covid cases, which is up from Saturday’s 39,097 – thereby taking the country’s cumulative tally of the infection rates to 31,371,901, according to data shared by the Union ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW).