UK Heathrow Airport denies requests for additional flights from India amid rising Covid cases
London: Following the increase in coronavirus cases in India, UK Heathrow Airport on Thursday refused to allow additional flights from India, with the country added to the ‘red list’ on Friday UK places from which most travel is banned due to the pandemic. . Also read – Karnataka: after imposing curbs, BS Yediyurappa urges ministers to take tougher measures to contain COVID pandemic
The UK Heathrow Airport statement comes after it detected more than 100 cases of a variant coronavirus first identified in India. Read also – Who can donate plasma to patients with Covid-19?
A total of 2,95,041 fresh infections were recorded within 24 hours in India, while active cases crossed the 21 lakh mark. Also Read – Coronavirus in India Live Updates April 22, 2021: Former Delhi Minister Dr AK Walla Dies From COVID-19
UK Health Minister Matt Hancock said the country had made the difficult but vital decision to add India to the Red List, meaning anyone who is not a UK or Irish resident or a UK citizen cannot enter UK if it has been in India in India. the previous 10 days.
Previously, the BBC reported that Heathrow Airport had turned down additional flights from India, adding that it had turned down airline requests due to concerns about queues at passport control .
The airport also told Reuters news agency it was unwilling to exacerbate existing pressures at the border by allowing more passengers to fly.
India reported nearly 3 lakh new cases of covid on Wednesday, bringing its total to 1.56,16,130, while the death toll rose to 1,82,553 with a record 2,023 deaths per day.
Recording a steady increase for the 42nd in a row, active cases rose to 21.57.538, or 13.82% of total infections, while the national cure rate from COVID-19 fell to 85.01%.