India will resume scheduled international flights from December 15
New Delhi: The Aviation Ministry said that India is ready to resume scheduled international flights from December 15 following the coronavirus-induced suspension. According to sources, India will resume the operation of regular international flights from the third week of December, except for the banned 14 countries. However, the existing air-bubble flight arrangement with these 14 countries will continue. The civil aviation ministry said countries have been classified into three categories with different capacity restrictions, based on countries recognized as at risk by the ministry of health and family welfare. Responding to questions on the new #COVID19 version, Official Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Arindam Bagchi said this is a developing phenomenon. We have just seen a briefing by WHO. I have no immediate idea of the steps. This is another issue for our health officials and civil aviation officials. ( india international flight start )
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Identification of new version in South Africa
According to media reports, the 14 countries that have been excluded from the list include UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Finland, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and Singapore. Scientists in South Africa this week identified a new variant of the coronavirus, which they say has led to a recent surge in COVID-19 infections in the country’s most populous province, Gauteng. It is unclear where the new variant actually came from, but it was first discovered by scientists in South Africa and has also been seen in travelers from Hong Kong and Botswana.
Avoidance of variant vaccines in South Africa ( india international flight start )
Sharon Peacock, who leads the genetic sequencing of COVID-19 at the University of Cambridge in the UK, said the data so far suggests that the mutation in the new variant corresponds to increased transmissibility, but added that the significance of multiple mutations is still there. not known. Given the recent rapid rise in COVID-19 in South Africa, it is prudent to restrict travel from the region, said Neil Ferguson, an infectious disease specialist at Imperial College London. He said the new variant has an unprecedented number of mutations and added that compared to previous variants, the newly identified variant in South Africa could more easily escape current vaccines. ( india international flight start )