Monday, December 21, 2020

Air India suspends flights to and from Oman from Dec 22, 1 am onwards

New Delhi: Air India on Monday announced that all Air India flights to and from Oman will stand suspended after the decision of the Sultanate to close all travel outlets from December 22, 1 am onwards for a period of one week.

Earlier in the day, the Civil Aviation Ministry suspended all flights from UK in view of the new coronavirus strain that is spreading fast. The Union Health Ministry said that those coming from the UK, which is facing the emergence of a new and highly infectious strain of coronavirus, will be tested at the airports and if found positive, will be sent for institutional quarantine set up by the states and union territories.

A temporary ban on flights coming from the UK till 11.59 pm on December 31 have been imposed. The suspension commences from 11.59 pm on December 22.

Earlier on Monday, the Health Ministry called an emergency meeting of the Joint Monitoring Group and the Vaccine Task Force to discuss the emergence of the mutated variant of coronavirus in the UK.

Pursuant to the meeting, Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote to the Civil Aviation Ministry Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola informing him about the decisions taken by the top advisors.

"All flights originating from UK into India be suspended temporarily till December 31, 2020 (23.59 hours). The suspension to start w.e.f 23.59 hours, December 22, 2020," the Health Secretary wrote.

As a measure of abundant caution, passengers arriving from Britain in all international flights before the ban is imposed should be subjected to mandatory RT-PCR tests on arrival at the airports, he emphasised.

21/12/20 India TV

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