Ladakh: Chadar trek, snow leopard sighting expedition suspended amid COVID surge

Ladakh: Chadar trek, snow leopard sighting expedition suspended amid COVID surge
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Leh: Winter tourism activities in Ladakh, including the Chadar trek and the snow leopard sighting expedition, have been suspended in the wake of a surge in COVID-19 cases in the union territory, officials said on Sunday.

Ladakh has recorded over 1,500 new Covid cases and 13 deaths linked to the disease since November last year, with a majority of the infections being reported in Leh. In January, the union territory has recorded 288 cases and two deaths.

Ladakh’s COVID-19 caseload increased to 22,472 on Sunday as 59 more people tested positive for the virus, while the death toll stood at 221 — 163 in Leh and 58 in Kargil.

Winter tourism activities in Ladakh, including the Chadar trek and the snow leopard sighting expedition, have been suspended in the wake of a surge in COVID-19 cases in the union territory, officials said on Sunday.

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