India may extend ban on flights from UK, says Hardeep Singh Puri

India is likely to extend the ban on flights from Britain in a bid to contain the spread of a new strain of coronavirus, civil aviation minister said on Tuesday.

“I foresee a slight extension of the temporary suspension. I don’t expect that extension to be a long or indefinite extension,” Hardeep Singh Puri said.

““In the next day or two, we will find out if any additional steps need to be taken, or when we can start easing the current temporary suspension,” the union minister said.

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India last week suspended all flights from Britain until the end of the month. The new variant of the virus detected in Britain has triggered widespread concern and travel restrictions across the world.

The variant of the coronavirus, which could be up to 70% more transmissible, is spreading rapidly in Britain, although it is not thought to be more deadly or to cause more serious illness, according to prime minister Boris Johnson and his board of scientific advisors.

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