India suspends international flights till Dec 31, to allow flights only on select routes

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According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, it was reported on Wednesday that India will extend the ban and scheduled international flights till the end of December. The ban was initially to expire on November 30 but was renewed.

New ‘Guidelines for Surveillance, Containment and Caution’ against the spread of Covid-19, said “international air travel of passengers only as permitted by the Ministry of Home Affairs” will take off through one month from now. This would mean overseas repatriation trips of Indian residents and other nationals in the two ways and some special international flights endorsed by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

India suspended all air travel toward the finish of March, yet domestic flights were continued in phases on May 25. Scheduled global flights have, notwithstanding, stayed suspended except for those under “bubble arrangements,” which are flights arranged individually with countries.

The new rules license states to impose local limitations as required, including night curfews to help the battle against the novel coronavirus. State governments will likewise be permitted to limit the number of individuals at get-togethers to under 100 and force fines on individuals for not wearing face masks when they step outside.

Also, complete lockdowns will require a discussion with and earlier authorization from the Ministry of Home Affairs. Nor can states seal their borders. “There shall be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods including those for cross land-border trade under treaties with neighboring countries.”

State governments have been encouraged to consider executing staggered office timings in urban areas to forestall large crowds and traffic, which add to contamination. The new rules were given one day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a virtual gathering with the Chief Ministers of states with a high incidence of Covid-19.

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