Chennai: The Indian government on Wednesday extended the suspension of flights to and from the United Kingdom till 7 January, amid new mutant Covid-19 strain that is spreading rapidly in UK.
Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted, “Decision has been taken to extend the temporary suspension of flights to and from the UK till 7 January 2021. Thereafter strictly regulated resumption will take place for which details will be announced shortly”.
It may be noted that India had earlier banned UK flights till 31 December. However, 20 people who returned to India from Britain have tested positive for the new UK variant genome of SARS-CoV-2 so far.
“Comprehensive contact tracing has been initiated for co-travellers, family contacts and others. Genome sequencing on other specimens is going on. The situation is under careful watch and regular advice is being provided to the states for enhanced surveillance, containment, testing,” the Ministry earlier said.