India is facing the worst phase of the coronavirus pandemic with three lacs cases being reported per day. Many countries such as including the UK, Hong Kong, Canada, Singapore and Iran have announced a ban on flights from India. The US has issued a travel advisory to all passengers flying in and out of India, asking “people to avoid travelling to India in the current situation where even fully vaccinated individuals are at risk of catching the virus.” The latest on this list to impose new restrictions is the Maldives.
The Ministry of Tourism, Maldives, announced the suspension of flights from India in a tweet on Sunday. “With effect from 27 April, @HPA_mv suspends tourists travelling from #India to #Maldives from staying at tourist facilities in inhabited islands. We thank you for the support in our endeavour to make tourism safest possible with minimum inconvenience,” the tweet reads.
After this news, netizens rushed to troll Bollywood celebrities, who had been vacationing to the Maldives even during these difficult crises. The Maldives has been one of the most popular destinations among Bollywood celebrities and many actresses, like Janhvi Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor and Disha Patani had been posting their photos from the beach destination. Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt too flew to the Maldives, after recovering from the virus.
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Recently, Nawazuddin Siddiqui criticised the stars for posting vacation pictures. In an interview, he said, “These entertainment celebrities posting vacation pictures at a time when the world is reeling under the worst recession. …Logon ke pass khana nahin hai aur aap paise phenk rahe ho. Kuch toh sharm karo (People don’t have food and you are wasting money, have some shame).”
He went on to add: “What else will they talk about? Acting? They will run out of steam in two minutes. In logon ne Maldives ko tamasaha bana rakha hai. I don’t know what their arrangement is with the tourism industry. But for the sake of humanity, please keep these vacations to yourself. There is suffering everywhere. The cases of Covid are multiplying. Have a heart. Please don’t taunt those who are suffering,” he said.