Amid Covid surge, Centre yet to take call on suspending flights to and from China
New Delhi, December 22: Amid the Covid-19 surge in China, which is also ringing alarming bells globally, central government has still not issued any orders to curb flights to and from China.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation stated that, “We don't have any direct flights from China to India or from India to China but as of now, there is no such order issued to stop connecting flights to India which are arriving via China.”
Meanwhile, keeping in view the global spread of Covid-19 cases, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to chair this afternoon a high-level meeting to review the Covid-19 situation and its related aspects in the county.
Notably, India reported four cases of the BF.7 Omicron sub-variant, which is driving China's current surge of infections.
Meanwhile, several political leaders are addressing and are issuing guidelines to curb Covid-19.
Congress leader Manish Tiwari took to his Twitter handle and stated that, "Given the grave Covid-19 situation in China, the government must immediately ban all flights to and from China. Given the increase in the US, Japan, and South Korea as well as the potential for the emergence of a new lethal variant, India should think about restoring Covid-19 guidelines.”
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday chaired a high-level meeting to review the prevailing Covid-19 situation in the country and the preparedness of the public health system for surveillance, containment, and management of the pandemic. He urged people to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour and get vaccinated against Covid-19.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday called on China to share the data requested by the world health body to better understand the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We continue to call on China to share the data and conduct the studies we have requested, and which we continue to request. As I have said many times before, all hypotheses about the origins of this pandemic remain on the table," he added.