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With COVID-19 cases on the rise, this is a red flag for the resurgence of tourism in Utah.

Health officials have expressed concern about the lack of adherence to COVID-19 protocols by both city residents and tourists as it could set the stage for a new wave of infections.

Health officials have expressed concern about the lack of adherence to COVID-19 protocols by both city residents and tourists as it could set the stage for a new wave of infections.

The number of COVID-19 cases has risen imperceptibly over the past few days, with a recent high of 11 new cases in 24 hours recorded for the second time in as many days on Friday.

While the Union Territory has averaged 0-5 cases per day in recent months, there has been a slight increase in cases over the past couple of weeks. A total of 51 cases have been registered in the Union Territory since May 23.

While Puducherry and Yanam accounted for newly diagnosed cases over the past couple of weeks, Karaikal reappeared on the coronavirus map on Friday, recording five new cases as Puducherry recorded six new cases out of 1,158 tests conducted in the past 24 hours.

The Union Health Department’s warning issued on Friday of rising COVID-19 cases and positive results in five states including Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka is a red flag for Puducherry as domestic tourists surge, especially over the weekend. Health officials have expressed concern that reduced vigilance on face mask-wearing among city residents and tourists alike could set the stage for a new wave of infections.

Health Director G. Sriramulu urged the public to follow safety protocols, especially the wearing of masks, as the number of cases starts to rise again.

The Department of Health is calling on Chief Minister N. Rangasami to issue a directive for the mandatory wearing of masks in public places.

“In recent weeks, we have increased our daily testing volumes to the 1000-1200 range,” said Dr. Sriramulu.

The total number in the Union territory is 1,962 deaths, 36 active cases, for a total of 1,65,885 cases and 1,63,887 recovered patients.

The test positivity rate was 0.95%, the fatality rate was 1.18%, and the recovery rate was 98.8%.

Of the approximately 22,550 tests conducted so far, more than 19,000 have come back negative.

Meanwhile, in the past 24 hours, 791 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

A total of 17 11 127 doses of vaccine have been administered in the Union Territory so far.

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