New COVID-19 strain in UK: A look at what Indian states are doing

Here is a look at the measures taken by states in the wake of the emergence of the mutated variant of the coronavirus in Britain

Passengers coming from the UK through flights till December 22 midnight would be tested for COVID-19 on arrival at airports. (Image: Reuters)

India has suspended all passenger flights connecting to the UK from December 23 to December 31 over fears of a new strain of the coronavirus spreading in Britain. Several other countries have already imposed a similar flight ban.

Also, passengers coming from the United Kingdom through flights till December 22 midnight would be tested for COVID-19 on arrival at airports “as a measure of abundant precaution”, the Civil Aviation Ministry has said.

Aviation regulator DGCA has said that all airlines must ensure that passengers travelling from the UK do not board their flights from anywhere outside the UK to come to India during the suspension period.

Following the suspension of the flights connecting the UK and India, the Maharashtra government declared a night curfew in municipal corporation areas of the state from December 22 to January 5 as a precautionary measure amid mounting fears about the new coronavirus variant.

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