Health Ministry recommends extending UK flight ban till Jan 7 over new Covid variant

New Delhi: The Health Ministry has recommended to the Ministry of Civil Aviation the extension of the temporary suspension of flights originating from the UK into India to be further extended till Thursday, 7th January 2021, according to a press statement from the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW). This has been recommended based on the inputs received from the Joint Monitoring Group (JMG) headed by the Director-General of Health Services (DGHS) and the National Task Force jointly headed by DG, ICMR, and Member (Health), NITI Aayog.

It has also been suggested to the Ministry of Civil Aviation that after 7th January 2021, strictly regulated resumption of a limited number of flights originating from the UK into India may be considered. The specifics of such a mechanism may be worked out by the Ministry of Civil Aviation in consultation with Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, according to the statement.

The Union Health Secretary has written to all the states to keep a strict vigil on all events that could be potential “super spreader” events and to curb crowding in the wake of new year celebrations and various events associated with it, as well as the ongoing winter season.

The recent advice and guidance to the states by the Home Ministry has been reiterated by the Health Ministry. The Ministry of Home Affairs has mandated that states/UTs, based on their assessment of the situation, may impose local restrictions with a view to containing the spread of Covid-19, such as night curfew. The Home Ministry has also stipulated that there shall be no restriction on the interstate and intra-state movement of persons and goods. Drawing attention to this, the Health Secretary has urged states to promptly assess the local situation and consider the imposition of appropriate restrictions on 30th and 31st December 2020 as well as on 1st January 2021.

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