Amid fears of new COVID-19 strain, govt allows limited resumption of flights to, from UK

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    In the middle of worries of new COVID-19 strain, govt enables minimal resumption of flights to, from UK

    An overall of 38 samples have been discovered to be positive with the brand-new UK variation genome of coronavirus, verified the Union Health Ministry on Monday.


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    Updated: Jan 6, 2021, 07: 21 AM IST

    Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday said that the federal government is examining the circumstance and it has permitted limited resumption of civil aviation with the United Kingdom.

    ” We took a choice on minimal resumption of civil aviation traffic between India and the United Kingdom-based on an assessment of offered realities as available with our medical experts. We decided that RT-PCR test which was done 72 hours ahead of taking a trip was insufficient,” Puri told news agency ANI.

    ” So, we made it compulsory to test again on arrival. We will evaluate the circumstance if any actions need to be taken. Up until now it is the restricted resumption of civil air travel with the UK. The total variety of flights to UK has actually been decreased from 60 a week to 30,” he added.

    ” If the situation demands that we need to take more actions, we are constantly examining the situation,” the minister added. When asked to talk about the brand-new stress of COVID-19 detected in the UK, Puri stated: “Our physician clearly stated that the vaccines which are coming will look after the new strain. We are capable in regards to treatments and SOPs in place dealing with it. When the brand-new proof comes up, our professionals will take a look at it.”

    The Union Minister had previously notified that resumption of flights in between India and UK from January 6.

    ” Resumption of flights in between India and UK: India to UK from 6 Jan2021 UK to India from 8 Jan2021 30 flights will run every week. 15 each by Indian and UK carriers. This schedule stands till 23 Jan2021 More frequency will be identified after review,” he tweeted.

    An overall of 38 samples have been found to be favorable with the new UK version genome of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, confirmed the Union Health Ministry on Monday.

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