New COVID strain in India: As the total cases of mutant coronavirus strain in India increased to 20, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Wednesday said that the government has decided to extend the temporary suspension of India-UK flights.
Hardeep Singh Puri stated that a decision has been taken to extend the temporary suspension of India-UK flights till January 7, 2021.
“Decision has been taken to extend the temporary suspension of flights to & from the UK till 7 January 2021. Thereafter strictly regulated resumption will take place for which details will be announced shortly,” he tweeted.
The Health Ministry on Tuesday confirmed 6 cases of new mutant coronavirus strain which was found in the UK while 14 cases of mutant COVID strain in India were reported on Wednesday.
On Sunday, the Civil Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri had predicted the extension on temporary suspension on India-UK flights.
Among 20 positive patients, 8 were confirmed by National Centre for Disease Control, New Delhi, 7 by NIMHANS, Bengaluru, 2 by Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, and one each by other labs among 10 in the genome consortium.
Coronavirus in India
India reported 20,550 new COVID-19 cases, 26,572 recoveries, and 286 deaths in the last 24 hours. The total cases have increased to 1,02,44,853 including 2,62,272 active cases, 9,83,4141 recoveries and 1,48,439 death toll.