The Civil Aviation Ministry on Monday declared openly that all flights arising from the UK to India shall be temporarily cancelled till 11:59 PM, 31 December.
Putting up with pre-emptive effort against the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) distress, the Civil Aviation Ministry on Monday, proclaimed that all flights arising from the UK to India shall be temporarily postponed till 11:59 PM, 31 December. The halt will commence w.e.f. 11.59 pm, 22 December and passengers reaching before that will be mandatorily checked. The British Prime Minister – Boris Johnson is planned to reach India as the Republic Day chief guest on January 26, 2021. Presently, India has not begun again all its worldwide flight travel, choosing a bubble pact with distinct nations.
Considering the prevailing situation in the UK, Indian govt has decided that all flights originating from the UK to India shall be temporarily suspended till 11:59 pm, 31st December. This suspension to start w.e.f. 11.59 pm, 22nd December: Ministry of Civil Aviation pic.twitter.com/ruSRpspbak
— ANI (@ANI) December 21, 2020
Chief Ministers urge Centre to veto UK flights
On Monday, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal asserted that the Government of India should adopt timely efforts by forbidding flights to and from the UK to stave off the new strain of virus dispatch in India. Nevertheless, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has asserted that the Central government is cautious and there is no need to fear. The Centre’s COVID-19 committee kept an inspection meeting respecting the recently found COVID-19 strain, as Italy documented its first COVID-19 positive case from the new strain – a duo who had toured from the UK.
New strain of Coronavirus in UK
UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Monday had declared openly that scientists have observed a fresh variant of the COVID-19 virus which could dissipate quicker than the earlier distress. Based on introductory modelling data, the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) forthwith consider that the recent distress can unravel quite more rapidly and could heighten R by 0.4 or more. Johnson’s CMO Chris Whitty on Saturday asserted that the United Kingdom has already notified the World Health Organisation (WHO) about the new strain of the COVID-19 virus.
Meanwhile, the European Union (EU) specialists suspect that the prevailing COVID-19 vaccine nominees against the novel coronavirus are also productive against the fresh difficulty that is hastily dissipating across the UK except Northern Ireland.
German Health Minister Jens Spahn notified public broadcaster ZDF that based on the information the administrations have so far about the variant, the new distress “has no impact on the vaccines” because they remain “just as effective”. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has proclaimed ‘Tier 4’ restrictions in many cities by virtue of the immediate expanse of a fresh alternative of the COVID-19 virus.