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Mutant Covid Strain: Will Indian Govt Ban Bubble Flights?

New Delhi: Involved over a brand new pressure of coronavirus within the UK that’s feared to be extra contagious, a number of international locations have barred passenger flights to/from the UK. Reacting on this growth, Rajasthan CM Ashok Ghelot and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal have additionally demanded the same ban. Nonetheless, the central authorities is but to take choice on it.

In the meantime, the Union Well being Ministry has known as an emergency assembly of its high advisors to debate the emergence of a mutated variant of the novel Coronavirus within the UK.

50% Indians need flights banned

To restrict the unfold of mutated variant of novel Coronavirus from the UK and South Africa reaching Indian shores, 50 per cent residents need bubble flights from impacted international locations to be suspended, a survey revealed on Monday.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on December 19, introduced that the newly recognized pressure of the virus could also be as much as 70 per cent extra transmissible. His Well being Secretary Matt Hancock emphasised that the brand new variant is “out of control”.

The infectious mutation of the Covid-19 virus has brought on critical concern around the globe. Saudi Arabia, Italy, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, and so on., have banned flights to and from the UK after report of the mutant pressure got here to the fore.

‘LocalCircles’ carried out a survey on 7,091 individuals after the information additionally created ripples in India, which is already reeling underneath the burden of coronavirus infections with over 1 crore and 50,000 instances already.

A query — ‘a new variant of coronavirus has been found in UK and South Africa which is more infectious. What should be India’s method to bubble flight arriving from such international locations?’ was requested to the individuals.

To this, 50 per cent individuals stated that they need bubble flights from impacted international locations suspended, whereas 41 per cent sought obligatory 14-day quarantine for arriving passengers.

Six per cent residents stated that India ought to proceed with the present guidelines treating flights from these international locations much like others, whereas three per cent individuals voted ‘can’t say’.

It’s but to be seen what steps India takes to restrict the mutant virus from getting into the nation. Earlier as we speak, the Well being Ministry had known as an emergency assembly of its high advisors to debate the difficulty.

Rajasthan CM Gehlot urges govt to ban flights

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday expressed concern on the brand new pressure of novel coronavirus rising within the UK and urged the Central authorities to ban all flights from Britain and different European international locations instantly.

He additionally criticised the Central authorities for being late in banning worldwide flights when the coronavirus had began spreading within the preliminary section.

In a tweet, Gehlot stated: “The new strain of novel coronavirus emerging in the UK is a matter of great concern. The government must take prompt action, prepare a contingency plan to contain the same and also immediately ban all flights from the UK and other European countries.”

“When coronavirus had started spreading, we were late in banning international flights, which had led to a drastic spike in cases,” he added.’

“India needs both a preparedness plan as well as steps to restrict any movement from affected country or countries. Our medical experts must be ready with a treatment plan in case of any outbreak of the new strain of virus. Health protocols must be adhered to even more strictly,” he stated additional.

Delhi CM urges Centre to ban incoming flights

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday urged the central authorities to ban all incoming flights from the nation “immediately”.

Kejriwal made the enchantment after at the least 5 international locations on Sunday banned journey from the UK.

In a tweet, Kejriwal stated, “New mutation of coronavirus has emerged in UK, which is a super-spreader. I urge central govt to ban all flights from UK immediately.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on December 19 made the announcement concerning the new variant of the Sars-Cov-2, saying it has unfold quickly in elements of the nation, and was estimated by scientists to be 70 per cent extra transmissible.

Lower than 24 hours after the announcement, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Austria and Italy have suspended flights from UK.

In the meantime, alluding to the emergence of a mutated variant of coronavirus within the UK, Union Well being Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday clarified that there is no such thing as a must panic as the federal government is alert on the difficulty. He was addressing a press convention on India Worldwide Science Pageant-2020.

(With IANS Inputs)

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