Extend ban on flights from UK till January 31: Arvind Kejriwal to Centre | Delhi News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal asked the central government to extend the ban on flights from the United Kingdom till January 31 after the Centre decided to allow flights from January 8. No UK flights were allowed into India from December 23 after the discovery of a new strain of Covid-19 coronavirus in that country.
“In view of extremely serious Covid situation in the UK, I would urge the central government to extend the ban till 31 January,” Kejriwal tweeted on Thursday. Another tweet said, “With great difficulty, people have brought Covid situation in control. UK’s Covid situation is very serious. Now, why lift ban and expose our people to risk?”
Health minister Satyendar Jain also tweeted, “In today’s videoconferencing with (Union) health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, I requested him that the ban on UK flights should be extended to January 31, 2021as UK is bearing all time high surge in cases and deaths.”
After the announcement of the halt to flights from the UK, passengers who had flown in from the UK earlier were traced and tested, and dozens have tested positive for the new coronavirus strain. Around 14,000 people returned from the UK between November 25 and December 22, of whom around 1,500 people stayed in Delhi while the rest transited to other destinations. Delhi government mounted a house-to-house survey to test the arrivals for infection after isolating them in their homes to check the spread of the new strain.
Earlier this week, the central government allowed regulated resumption of limited flights to and from the UK. It left Delhi government worried because being the capital, Delhi has many flyers from that country touching down here. People belonging to other states also land in Delhi before leaving for their destinations.
Many residents of Delhi have also tested positive for the new strain and have been admitted to Lok Nayak Hospital. The people they contacted are also in home isolation. Meanwhile, Delhi Disaster Management Authority has ordered strict compliance to the standard operating procedures issued by the Union health ministry about managing the new Covid strain in the context of UK flights resuming from January 8.

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