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India Halts UK Flights Till December 31 Over New Strain Of Coronavirus

New Delhi: Flights to and from the UK have been till December 31 over a new fast-spreading strain of the coronavirus in that country, the government said today as several countries announced similar moves.

“Considering the prevailing situation in UK, the government of India has decided that all flights originating from UK to India to be suspended till 31st December,” said aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation. “Consequently flights from India to UK shall stand temporarily suspended during above said period.”

The ban will come into effect on Wednesday and all passengers arriving from the UK before then will be tested on arrival at airports.

A joint monitoring group on COVID-19 had met this morning to discuss the mutant coronavirus that has spread rapidly in the UK, sending cases rocketing within days.

Canada, Saudi Arabia, and several European countries have suspended flights from the UK over the new strain, believed to be 70 per cent more infectious.

 

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