In a major development, Canada on Monday extended the ban on direct flights from India till September 21 in view of the risks posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Canada extended its ban on direct passenger flights from India until September 21 amid the South Asian country's struggles to contain the spread of Covid-19 within its borders, Transport Canada said.
The department stated that "Based on the latest public health advice from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Transport Canada is extending the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that restricts all direct commercial and private passenger flights to Canada from India until September 21, 2021, at 23:59 EDT."
The ban was first imposed on April 22. It has already been rolled over several times. It is for the fifth time that the ban has been extended.
The ban was set to expire on August 21, however, it will now remain in place till September 21.
Canada reported a total of 1,442,087 coronavirus cases so far out of which 1,403,357 were recovered while 26,678 people died due to Covid-19.