If you were planning to travel to a national park or wildlife sanctuary to escape the second wave of this pandemic, you may have to shelve your plan.
There’s some bad news coming in for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers across the country.
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India, has decided to shut all national parks and sanctuaries in the country with immediate effect due to the alarming spread of COVID-19 cases.
The order also mentions that there have been reports of some lions dying due to the virus, due to which the ministry feels that the virus also poses a major threat to animals living in these spaces.
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In order to prevent transmission of the deadly virus from humans to animals and vice-versa, the states and union territories have been ordered to close all national parks, sanctuaries and other protected areas to tourists.
In an order signed by Rakesh Kumar Jagenia, Deputy Inspector General of Forest (Wildlife), the Chief Wild Life Wardens of all states and union territories have been advised on containment and management of COVID-19 and have been asked to reduce human-wildlife interface…