India has banned inbound travel from the UK along with other two dozen countries, including Germany, France, Italy and Ireland, to prevent the new strain of novel coronavirus detected in the UK.
While the announcements were delivered, four travelers, a British citizen and three Indians, from the last flight from the UK to Ahmedabad, India were found to be infected with coronavirus. They were immediately transferred to hospital for treatment.
This new strain of coronavirus is said to be 70% more infections than the earlier virus that caused covid-19 pandemic that caused the halt in the lives of people globally.
According to Hardeep Singh Puri, the Minister of Civil Aviation, all the flights from the UK to India will be suspended from 11:59pm December 22 till 11:59pm on December 31. Following the similar pattern, the flight from India to UK too shall be suspended during this time frame.
This decision was taken after the Union health minister Harsh Vardhan’s Monday meeting with the Joint Monitoring group. He stated that all the precautions are being taken with them being on alert and scientists keeping an eye on the further developments.
Commenting on the situation as “imaginary”, the Union Health Minister ensured that there was no need to panic over the situation and they are taking all measures to contain the new variant of the virus.
However, uncertainty over the present situation has already created doubts. Dr. Lalit Kant, former scientist and head, ICMR has expressed his suspicion regarding the presence of the new strain of virus in the nation.
He remarked that the new variant has already been around for about two months and it is yet uncertain regarding its spread to other nations.
According to the WHO emergencies Chief Michael Ryan, the spread of the virus is not as deadly as earlier was claimed by the European authorities.
On December 19, the covid-19 disease reached 10million mark since the first case on January 30. However, according to experts, the worst phase of India is most likely over as overall 25,500 new cases are found per day all over India, presently, as compared to 93,000 cases per day.
There is a ray of hope with the announcements of the vaccine for the virus to be available in India by January 2021, which is supposed to be provided in different phases with the health care workers first receiving the vaccine followed by the all the frontline workers.