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South African variant: Arvind Kejriwal urges PM Modi to stop flights from COVID affected countries

PM Modi chaired a meeting on the situation relating to COVID-19 and vaccination with top govt officials today at 10:30 am.

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New Delhi Updated on: November 27, 2021 11:55 IST
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South African variant: Arvind Kejriwal urges PM Modi to stop flights from affected countries.

 

Highlights

  • Delhi CM requested experts to make presentation to DDMA & suggested necessary steps in this regard
  • PM Modi chaired meeting on situation relating to COVID with top govt officials today
  • A new COVID variant 'Omicron' first detected in South Africa

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop flights from those countries which are affected by the new COVID-19 variant.

"I urge PM to stop flights from those countries which are affected by new variant. With great difficulty, our country has recovered from Corona. We should do everything possible to prevent this new variant from entering India," Kejriwal said in a tweet.

In view of the threat from a new COVID variant from African countries, Kejriwal had earlier requested experts to make a presentation to the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) and suggested necessary steps in this regard.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting on the situation relating to COVID-19 and vaccination with top government officials today at 10:30 am.

Cabinet Secretary Gauba, Principal Secretary to PM Modi, PK Mishra and NITI Aayog member (health) Dr VK Paul and Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan will attend the meeting.

Amid rising concern about a new COVID-19 variant 'Omicron' first detected in South Africa, India also added several countries to the list from where travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in India, including post-arrival testing for infection.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare adds Hong Kong and Israel to the list of countries from where travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in India, including post-arrival testing considering the detection of new COVID variant 'Omicron' in South Africa.

Countries from where the travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in India are South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Israel, Hong Kong, countries in Europe including the UK.

This variant is reported to have a significantly high number of mutations, and thus, has serious public health implications for the country, in view of recently relaxed visa restrictions and opening up of international travel.

(With ANI inputs)

 

 

Also Read: No case of new variant detected at Delhi airport among people coming from 'at-risk' countries

Also Read: Pfizer, BioNTech not sure on Covid vaccines' effectiveness on 'Omicron' variant

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