BH CORRESPONDENT, Itanagar: If there’s one sector, which has been majorly affected due to coronavirus scare, it is undoubtedly the tourism. After Sikkim and Bhutan banned the entry of foreigners, it is now the turn of Arunachal Pradesh.
Arunachal becomes the second state in India after Sikkim to ban the entry of foreign tourists given the outbreak of coronavirus in India. Till Sunday, nearly 40 people have been tested positive of coronavirus in India. A government official on Sunday said the Arunachal Pradesh government has temporarily stopped issuing Protected Area Permits (PAPs), exempting the entry of foreigners into the state.
“Naresh Kumar, Arunachal Pradesh chief secretary, has directed all PAP-issuing authorities to stop giving the permits till further notice,” the officials added. For entering Arunachal Pradesh, foreign nationals first need to avail PAP. Issuing an order, the Arunachal government said, “It is learnt that COVID-19 positive cases have been detected in India and the numbers have been increasing.”
Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu took to Twitter to make the announcement. He said, “Prevention is always better.” He also attached a copy of the order along with his tweet.
Prevention is always better.
To prevent spread of Corona Virus in Arunachal, the protected area permit (PAP) being issued to foreigners has been suspended. This is in view of the reported cases of virus being detected in our country through people coming from abroad. pic.twitter.com/p8mTRAjQMk
— Pema Khandu (@PemaKhanduBJP) March 6, 2020