Tuesday, December 28, 2021

58% Indians still plan to travel, 14% likely to go to the movies despite rising Omicron cases

New Delhi: At least 58% of Indians plan to travel this month till March while 14% are still likely to go to cinema halls to watch a movie in the next 60 days despite the threat of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus looming large, according to a survey by LocalCircles.

The figure for movie theaters is 40 per cent higher than the number of citizens who are likely to watch a movie at cinema halls or multiplexes in the next 60 days in comparison to a similar survey conducted in July this year. "If 14% of citizens are planning to go to the theatre/multiplex to watch a movie in the next 60 days and it is assumed that India has a population of 138 crores, this translates to about 19 crore citizens going to the theater/multiplex to watch a movie in the next 60 days," said the survey.

“Given the level of awareness and the very high risk, the Central and state governments and district administrations must watch the situation closely and the moment there is a visible trend of rising TPR day over day, cinema halls must be closed to prevent further spread,” said Sachin Taparia, founder of LocalCircles.

Currently, Covid-19 tally in the country stands at 653. The active caseload in India has seen a dip of 385 cases. The highest cases are being reported from Maharashtra at 167, followed by Delhi with 165 cases, Kerala 57, Telangana 55 and Gujarat at 49. Meanwhile, the country recorded 6,358 new covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours. Active cases currently stand at 75,456 while the recovery rate is at 98.90 per cent. And with Omicron looming over the festive season, Kerala became the latest state to impose a night curfew from 10 pm to 5 pm starting from December 30 till January 2 while an experts' committee on COVID-19 set up by the Goa government has suggested some restrictions in the coastal state to curb the pandemic, including night curfew if the numbers rise.

28/12/21 Times of India

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