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World Canada Bans Flights From Covid-Hit India, Pakistan for 30 Days

01:50  23 april  2021
01:50  23 april  2021 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Canada is banning direct flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days to help control the spread of new variants of Covid -19. The restriction, which comes into effect at 11:30 p.m. Ottawa time on Thursday, was made during a virtual news conference with five cabinet ministers. It came after India saw the world’s biggest one-day jump in coronavirus cases ever, with 314,835 new infections. Public health experts worry that a more virulent strain of the virus may be racing through the country of 1.3 billion people. Countries from Singapore to the U.K

Officials in Canada will soon announce a 30 - day ban on flights into the country from India and Pakistan , according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, in a move to keep new virus mutations from circulating within Canada . It would be the most extreme travel restriction placed on India since the start of the devastating second coronavirus wave and a new, likely more infectious variant found in the country sparked international concern. India Recorded 314,000 New Covid -19 Cases On Thursday, The Highest Single Day Number For Any Country (Forbes).

(Bloomberg) -- Canada is banning direct flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days to help control the spread of new variants of Covid-19.

The restriction, which comes into effect at 11:30 p.m. Ottawa time on Thursday, was made during a virtual news conference with five cabinet ministers. It came after India saw the world’s biggest one-day jump in coronavirus cases ever, with 314,835 new infections.

Public health experts worry that a more virulent strain of the virus may be racing through the country of 1.3 billion people. Countries from Singapore to the U.K. have barred flights from India due to the worsening situation.

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Separately, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp said the ban on flights would last for 30 days . The office of Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, in overall charge of border security, did not respond to a request for comment. Prominent right-leaning politicians complain the center-left Liberal government of Justin Trudeau has not done enough to combat the FILE PHOTO: Passengers arrive at Toronto's Pearson airport after mandatory coronavirus disease ( COVID -19) testing took effect for international arrivals in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada February 1, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio/File Photo reuters_tickers.

The world is realising that India is a serious threat to the global health. The second wave become the most deadly one, targeting young people, start with India and India take the hardest hit . Major cities may be closed down if current Covid -19 wave continues, warns Asad Umar. Today is the day for Pakistan to decide, you want enmity or friendship - Afghanistan President.

Some Canadian provinces have already recorded some cases of the Indian variant. Health Minister Patty Hajdu said India accounts for 20% of recent air travel volumes to Canada, but more than 50% of all positive tests conducted at the border.

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A healthcare worker walks past a mandatory Covid-19 testing area at Pearson airport in Toronto on Feb. 1, after the Canadian government imposed new restrictions on international flights.

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“Given the higher number of cases of Covid-19 detected in air passengers arriving into Canada from India and Pakistan, Transport Canada is issuing a notice to airmen, or NOTAM, to halt direct passenger air traffic from those countries,” Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said.

France urges citizens to leave Pakistan

  France urges citizens to leave Pakistan An email from the French embassy warns of "serious threats" after anti-blasphemy protests.In an email obtained by French news agency AFP, the country's embassy in Pakistan warned of "serious threats to French interests in Pakistan".

Thirty flights a week are now operating between the UK and India . Heathrow airport refused to allow extra flights from India ahead of the ban , declining the airlines’ requests to ensure that existing pressures at the border were not exacerbated. It is understood four airlines sought to put on eight extra flights . Heathrow has had long queues recently at border control with passenger forms being checked for entry requirements amid the coronavirus restrictions. Sign for a Covid -19 testing centre at the Heathrow international arrivals hall this January.

UAE citizens, diplomatic missions, official delegations, flights of businessmen and golden residency visa holders are exempted from the entry restrictions. Those exempted will have to undergo RT-PCR tests before flying and undergo a 10- day quarantine. They also need to undergo PCR tests on days four and eight after arrival. Covid -19: Morocco to impose night curfew during Ramadan. Covid : Pakistan bans travellers from 12 countries as cases surge.

With a third wave of cases threatening to overwhelm hospitals in major Canadian cities, pressure has been mounting on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take action. On Thursday, the leaders of Ontario and Quebec -- the country’s two most populous provinces -- asked Trudeau to further tighten rules for travelers at air and land borders. Opposition politicians also pushed the government to halt international flights from coronavirus hot spots.

“There are currently no flights from Brazil but we will not hesitate to ban travel from other countries if the science bears that out,” Alghabra said. “This virus is not Chinese nor is it Indian. It affects us all.”

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Just six weeks ago, India's Health Minister declared that the country was "in the endgame" of the Covid-19 pandemic. Today, India reported the world's highest single-day number of new cases since the pandemic began.India's second wave, which began in mid-March, has devastated communities and hospitals across the country. Everything is in short supply -- intensive care unit beds, medicine, oxygen and ventilators. Bodies are piling up in morgues and crematoriums.

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