Union Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri said that India will review the decision to suspend flight operations from the United Kingdom in the next 5-6 days.
More than 40 countries, including India, has suspend flights from the United Kingdom because of concerns about the spread of a new variant of coronavirus there. However, the Aviation Minister on CNBC-TV-18 said that India’s decision to suspend flight services from the UK is temporary.
Aviation Minister also said:
- Five Passengers From UK In Delhi, 3 In Other Cities Have Tested Positive For COVID-19.
- Samples Have Been Sent For Checking Whether It Is A New Strain.
- All Other Passengers Asked To Home Quarantine For 7 Days.
- No Reason For Anxiety, Agencies Analyzing This Strain.
#CNBCTV18Exclusive | Aviation Minister @HardeepSPuri says we have the situation fully monitored.. will monitor the passengers coming in.
Will review suspension on UK flights in 5-6 days, he adds.#Covid19UK pic.twitter.com/oSeYiAqCPR— CNBC-TV18 (@CNBCTV18Live) December 22, 2020Advertisement
It must be noted that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is the Chief Guest for this year’s Republic Day celebrations in Delhi on January 26. His visit to the country might get affected if the suspension of flights from the UK is not lifted by the Government of India by then.
The civil aviation minister said the samples of passengers from the UK who had tested positive for COVID-19 will be studied to check if it is the new coronavirus strain. Meanwhile, all the other passengers have been asked to home quarantine for seven days.