Did coronavirus cause the closure of Jim Corbett National Park?
Yes, it did.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus named SARS-CoV-2.
Till now, it has infected 382,417 people around the world and caused 16,569 deaths so you can imagine how contagious and deadly it can get.
As more than 70,000 people visit Jim Corbett National Park every year it will be difficult to control the situation if some serious steps weren’t taken.
As the nation makes drastic changes to everyday life to slow the spread of the coronavirus, many national and state parks are closing to the public.
As Jim Corbett National park is such a famous spot for tourist attraction both locally and globally so to avoid large gatherings of people inside the park and to prevent the spreading of the novel coronavirus the park has been closed till 31st March 2020 till further notice.
The closure is to prevent the spread of the contagious virus.
Coronaviruses occur in virtually every species of animal, including humans, and are commonly associated with intestinal and respiratory infections.
They tend to be very species-specific, and cross-species transmission is uncommon.
Chief Wildlife Warden Rajiv Bharatari said that all tourism activities in national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, zoos, and tiger reserves in Uttarakhand are closed from March 17 to March 31.
Filming and research activities at these facilities have also been prohibited till March 31 under Section 28 of the Wildlife (Conservation) Act 1972.
This order applies to the famous Rajaji Tiger Reserve, Corbett Tiger Reserve, Gangotri National Park, Bingo and Binsar wildlife sanctuaries in Uttarakhand.
This all is done to keep people safe from the deadly virus because in a country so densely populated as India it will be difficult to control the situation if the virus finds its way into thousands of people.
Corbett Tiger Reserve Director stated that tourists will be refunded for the bookings made for this period. So if you had some reservations made during this period you don’t need to worry about your money.
You should avoid making any plans to visit Jim Corbett National park or anywhere except if there is some serious emergency case.
Moreover, you should also tell your friends, relatives, family members, and loved ones to avoid travel plans during this specified period and stay home and stay safe.
All the safari rides, hotels, restaurants, and other famous attractions near the park are closed. All domestic flights and trains are also suspended.
So you can just imagine how serious it is so you don’t want to risk your life and the lives of others by travelling unnecessarily.
You don’t need to panic in this situation and try to stay at home and spend some quality time at your home.
Soon when the situation gets better you will be able to visit the oldest park in India Jim Corbett is located in the foothills of the Himalayas.
Being home to more than 50 species of mammals, 580 species of birds and 25 reptile species.
You will be able to view its rich greenery with almost 73% of the park covered with forest. It has 110 species of trees and 488 different species of plants.
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