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Foreign tourists suffer coronavirus curse in Assam

The hotels in many towns of Assam have shut the doors on foreign tourists in the wake of the scare over the virus.
 

Published: 13th March 2020 03:10 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th March 2020 03:10 PM   |  A+A-

Pablo Fernandez (Photo | EPS)

Express News Service

GUWAHATI: Blame it on the panic surrounding Covid-19 that foreign tourists are going through a harrowing time in Assam.

Pablo Fernandez, a cyclist from Spain who is on a world tour, spent hours together at Silchar on Thursday to find a room in a hotel but did not get one. The hotels in the town have shut the doors on foreign tourists in the wake of the scare over the virus.

“There is a widespread panic over coronavirus. I went to at least 24 hotels but none of them was ready to give me a room. At a loss, I went to a police station hoping to get their help. The cops there were kind enough to provide me with a room at a government guest house,” Fernandez told journalists.

He left the town in southern Assam’s Barak Valley on Friday morning.

In Majuli, a tourist from Greece burst into tears when she realized that she was virtually untouchable on the river island.

Upon her arrival on the island in a ferry from Nimati Ghat in Jorhat on Thursday, Eleni Anastasiou Dialeisma sought to hire a car to go to Kamalabari but nobody was willing to extend the service to her. Finding no other way, she began to walk with her 20-kg backpack. On the way, she was rescued by some journalists who gave her a lift on a two-wheeler.

Eleni Anastasiou Dialeisma

“When I arrived at the riverbank, a doctor approached me saying I shall have to be screened at Kamalabari. And then while some policemen were collecting my personal details, the doctor suddenly disappeared. Later, I sought to hire a car but didn’t get any response,” Eleni said.

She said the snub left her with no option but to walk.

“It’s been 20 days that I have been on the tour in India. The backpack weighs 20 kg. I waved at cars to hitchhike but nobody stopped. I saw an ambulance coming and waved at it but it too did not stop,” she said.

She added: “If foreign tourists are unwelcome in Majuli now, they should be told at Nimati Ghat in Jorhat. This is my third visit to the island. I had the best impression for the people of Majuli but today, I find people don’t want me as I am a foreigner.”



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