Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal on Monday asked the Central Government to immediately ban all flights from the United Kingdom immediately over mutant Covid-19 strain.
He wrote on Twitter, “New mutation of coronavirus has emerged in the UK, which is a super-spreader. I urge the central govt to ban all flights from the UK immediately.”
Meanwhile, the Union Health Ministry will hold a high-level meeting on Monday to discuss the new strain of coronavirus. It is expected that the World Health Organization (WHO) officials will also be present at the meeting.
Speaking on the matter, Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, “There is no need to panic over imaginary situations and descriptions. I don’t think, the situation is such to create a panic here, but let me tell you that our scientists are closely keeping eye on every development.”
The government had on Saturday also informed that India has not reported a “major change or mutation” in the COVID strain yet but it is analyzing the situation and will take steps accordingly.
What is this new strain of coronavirus?
The UK had recently reported a new strain of coronavirus and claimed it was spreading 70 percent faster than other variants of the infection, prompting a lockdown in London and other nearby areas.
Although the new strain of COVID-19 is more contagious, experts have suggested that there is no data to show that this new variant is more deadly than other strains of the virus.
Experts also suggest that a vaccine against him is likely to work and there is no need to panic as of now. “So there is every reason to think that the vaccines will still work against this new strain, though obviously, that needs to be tested thoroughly,” the Guardian quoted an expert as saying.
However, several countries – Canada, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Germany, France, Turkey, Israel, and the Netherlands – have banned flights from the UK until further notice due to the new coronavirus strain.