Passenger flights from India banned in Australia

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (File Image/Twitter)

Due to a spike in COVID-19 incidents, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison declared on Tuesday that all direct passenger flights from India have been halted.

All flights from India to Australia will be suspended until at least May 15, according to Morrison.

According to Xinhua, Australia's Prime Minister said that their governments had suspended indirect flights through other cities and that repatriation flights operated by the Australian government to return Australian residents and people stranded in India would resume as soon as possible.

According to Xinhua, Morrison told reporters after a meeting of the National Security Committee, "We don't think the solution is to just abandon those in India and turn them off."

Australia will also send an "initial" assistance kit to India, including ventilators, masks, surgical gowns, goggles, gloves, and face shields, according to Morrison.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne said there had been an increase in the number of Australians in India registering with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to return home.

"We discussed this challenge (of people wanting to return) this morning when I met with the High Commissioner," she said. "They're all over India, literally in every corner of the world," says the narrator.

"This makes the process more difficult, but we will keep in contact with them and provide whatever assistance we can."

In the last few days, India has been registering over 3,00,000 new coronavirus cases a day, indicating that the pandemic is in its second wave.

In the last 24 hours, India has recorded 3.23 lakh new coronavirus cases and 2,771 deaths.

Publish : 2021-04-27 16:58:00

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