Why is India not banning int'l flights, Kejriwal asks PM

New Delhi, Nov 30 (IANS): In the wake of emergence of a new Covid-19 variant -- Omicron, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ban international flights as most of them land in the national capital.

"Many countries have stopped incoming flights from Omicron-affected countries. Why are we not following their suit? In the first wave also, we had taken time to stop foreign flights," Kejriwal said in a tweet, adding that most of the foreign flights come to Delhi, which is the most affected state.

He requested the prime minister to "kindly stop flights immediately." The AAP leader had quoted a media report: "A South Africa returnee has tested positive for COVID-19 in Chandigarh. One of his family members and domestic help are also positive for the disease. The samples of positive cases will be sent for whole-genome sequencing to NCDC, Delhi to ascertain a variant of coronavirus".

With the news of Omicron, being detected in South Africa, scientists and health experts in India have said that new waves of infection are anticipated and unless we act quickly and efficiently, the country will possibly see repeat waves. The variant has also been declared as a variant of concern by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

On Sunday, Kejriwal wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to stop international flights from regions witnessing a rise in Covid-19 cases. Meanwhile,

Meanwhile, Delhi government-run Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital has been designated to treat patients testing positive for the new Covid-19 variant Omicron.

The hospital has been asked to earmark wards for isolating and treating such patients.In order, the Health Department has directed the hospital not to deny admission to patients infected with the new variant on any ground.



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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    He will definitely ban after some days not immediately, he will check how much it will spread.

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  • Anilkumar, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    Very same Chief Minister who allowed Tabliqi to take place in the state is now talking about blindly banning flights.

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  • Nice, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    Indian ECONOMY was already hit before COVID , After COVID it still dipped, Banning international flights will be a disaster, as of now one of the smart move.

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    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    Without banning international flights India's Corvid positive rate has declined to almost zero. Then what is the necessity to ban flights and suffer losses and put people in inconvenience. Banning South African flights is acceptable until new variant Omrican is proved not dangerous.

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    Ridiculous comment. Just because the South African scientists sequenced and detected a new variant, it does not mean the variant originated from South Africa. It is just that the other countries are not capable or not put enough efforts. SA has a very good team to tackle pandemics as they have successfully controlled HIV, Ebola, Malaria and so many contagious viral diseases. They are far more equipped to tackle any viral diseases. Omicron variant might be there in many countries, even in India.

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  • Namith, kottara

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    if they ban , he will ask y modiji banned flights? dirty politics everywhere

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  • Rahul, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    What we ca expect from Bhakths like you. Either you educated stupid nor crook bhakth.

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  • Manu, Mangalore

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    what else we can expect from chumchaa like you who finds problem in every move of Modiji.

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  • kitta, Mlore

    Tue, Nov 30 2021

    gulamas will gulamas forever

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