India Suspends Flights from Britain due to Fears over New COVID-19 Strain

India is set to temporarily ban all flights originating from the United Kingdom from Dec. 23 to 31 due to intensifying global fears over a new coronavirus strain.

The Indian government announced on Monday that all flights originating from the United Kingdom would be temporarily suspended until Dec. 31, as global concerns continue to grow due to fears of a new strain of the coronavirus.

Starting on Wednesday, all flights from the U.K. would be banned and all passengers that would come from the European country before then would be subjected to mandatory RT-PCR tests upon their arrival at the airports, the Indian aviation ministry said in a series of tweets.

“Considering the prevailing situation in UK, Govt. of India has decided that all flights originating from UK to India to be suspended till 31st December 2020,” it said.

Many countries, including other European nations, decided to suspend their travel ties to the U.K. after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared that the new strain of COVID-19 poses a great threat to the country.

According to British health authorities, the new strain which has been identified in their country could be about 70 percent more infectious.

A lot of things regarding the strain are still unknown, but health experts said that the vaccines that already received approval from the health regulatory agency of Britain.

Before the aviation ministry in India declared the temporary travel ban, the country’s health minister said that authorities remained vigilant and prepared to handle the new virulent strain of the virus, ensuring that there was no need for the public to panic.

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