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Mutant COVID strain in India: Centre extends temporary suspension of India-UK flights

By Rajan Nath -- December 30, 2020 11:12 am -- Updated:Feb 15, 2021

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.

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New COVID strain India: Amid mutant coronavirus strain in India, Hardeep Singh Puri said govt decided to extend India-UK flights suspension.

"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.

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New COVID strain India: Amid mutant coronavirus strain in India, Hardeep Singh Puri said govt decided to extend India-UK flights suspension.

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.

New COVID strain India: Amid mutant coronavirus strain in India, Hardeep Singh Puri said govt decided to extend India-UK flights suspension.

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.

-PTC News