After a two-week suspension over the highly contagious mutant strain of coronavirus detected in the UK, flight services between India and the UK have resumed. Notably, an Air India flight from the UK carrying 246 passengers aboard landed in Delhi on Friday.
The development comes at a time when the number of people in India who tested positive for the new variant of the virus has surged to 82. Several countries are still continuing with flight ban to and from the UK. However, India has lifted the same and is allowing flight operations between the two countries.
Notably, the UK government has imposed a lockdown in the country following a surge in COVID-19 cases. The cause of concern is that the new mutated version of the coronavirus has high transmissibility and there is no clarity on whether the vaccines already approved or under development are effective against it or not.
The Centre has announced that 30 flights between India and the UK will operate every week till January 23.
7-day institutional quarantine for UK passengers
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has said that passengers arriving from the UK will be sent to institutional quarantine for seven days before home isolation even if they test negative for coronavirus.
“To protect Delhiites from exposure to the virus from UK, Delhi government takes important decisions. All those arriving from the UK, who test positive will be isolated in an isolation facility. Negative ones will be taken to a quarantine facility for seven days followed by 7 days home quarantine,” Kejriwal tweeted.
To protect Delhiites from exposure to virus from UK, Del govt takes imp decisions.
All those arriving from UK, who test positive will be isolated in an isolation facility. Negative ones will be taken to a quarantine facility for 7 days followed by 7 days home quarantine pic.twitter.com/hYDsaOn8q1
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 8, 2021
Request to extend flight ban
Kejriwal had earlier requested the Centre to extend the flight ban till January 31 due to the COVID-19 situation prevalent in the UK.
“The Centre has decided to lift the ban and start UK flights. In view of the extremely serious situation in UK, I would urge the central government to extend the ban till January 31,” the Delhi CM had tweeted.
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