- Flights from Mumbai and Delhi will only be allowed thrice weekly in Bengal.
- Civil Aviation Ministry was informed of the decision today.
- The three days are, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
West Bengal Additional Chief Secretary BP Gopalika on Tuesday informed the Civil aviation ministry that flights from Mumbai and Delhi will only be allowed thrice weekly, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from January 5. The decision has been taken in view of a significant spike in Covid cases in Mumbai and Delhi.
"The situation will be reviewed depending on COVID cases in the state", Gopalika further added. The decision is a modified version of an order released on Sunday, that said that flights from Mumbai and New Delhi will ply only twice a week on Monday and Friday, in West Bengal.
According to health experts, Bengal and eastern India's largest metropolis Kolkata, is in the throes of a third wave of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic which may last well into February with a peak sometime in the second week of this month.
Kolkata which accounted for nearly half of the daily Covid cases has come up with micro-containment zones and has set up safe houses for those patients who do have sufficient space at home to self-isolate or do have care-givers.
According to the state health department, the positivity rate rose to 19.59 per cent on Monday from December 28's 2.35 per cent.