Monday, 17 January, 2022

India to review decision on resuming commercial int’l passenger services

India to review decision on resuming commercial int’l passenger services

Amid rising concern over the new coronavirus variant ‘Omicron’, India will review its decision on effective date of resumption of scheduled commercial international passenger services.

The government has also decided to review the standard operating procedure on testing and surveillance of the incoming international passengers, especially those travelling from the countries listed in the ‘at risk’ category , Indian ministry of Home Affairs said after an emergency meeting held in New Delhi with Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla in the chair.

The decision came two days after the ministry of civil aviation issued an order allowing scheduled international flights to and from all countries considered “not at risk” from December 15, 2021. The ministry said that passengers from countries in “at risk” category would require to follow additional measures following their arrival in India, including testing for coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

Genomic surveillance for variants will be further strengthened, and airports and ports will be sensitised for strict supervision of testing protocol at entry points, sources added.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on the need to be ‘proactive’ in the wake of the new Covid-19 variant “omicron’ a high-level meeting on Saturday.

However, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop flights from the coronavious new variant, ‘omicron’ affected countries with immediate effect.

The new variant of concern, first identified in South Africa, has now been detected in several countries, triggering concerns over the alarming transmission rate.