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NAGPUR: With second Covid-19 wave gripping villages around national parks and sanctuaries, the Union ministry of environment, forests and climate change (MOEFCC) has asked all tiger reserves, national parks, and sanctuaries to close down till further orders. It has also asked all state chief wildlife wardens to take preventive measures to stop transmission and spread of the virus from humans to animals.
TOI had on Friday written about the increasing spread of virus in villages around Tadoba, that may affect wild animals as people here have regular interface with them. Many cases are going unreported in villages around Tadoba as locals are not taking antigen or RT-PCR tests. There is also great reluctance to get vaccinated. The forest staff has also not been vaccinated fully. The crumbling health infrastructure has added fuel to fire.
Under the ‘Break the chain’ orders in Maharashtra, Pench and TATR have already issued orders to shut…