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New Covid-19 strain: India bans all flights from UK amid fears of new variant spread

Author Name: Basundhara Choudhury
Post Date: 2020-12-21
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India on Monday announced that it has temporarily banned flights from UK to the country after  a new and highly infectious strain of the coronavirus has surfaced in Britain.

The suspension of flights from UK will come into effect from tomorrow, 22 December midnight and will continue till 31 December, the government added.

“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,” the Ministry of Civil Aviation tweeted.

The passengers reaching India before 22nd Dec should be subject to mandatory RT-PCR test on arrival at the airports concerned, the MoCA added.

The newly discovered variant of the coronavirus has prompted a wave of countries to ban travel from the U.K, which has now triggered disruptions in Britain’s supply chain.

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