India extends suspension of UK flights till January 7 over new coronavirus strain

India on Wednesday extended the suspension of flights to and from the United Kingdom till January 7. The decision has been taken amid concerns over the new coronavirus strain which has emerged in the UK. 

Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri in a tweet said, “Decision has been taken to extend the temporary suspension of flights to & from the UK till 7 January 2021. Thereafter strictly regulated resumption will take place for which details will be announced shortly.”

India has so far reported 20 cases of the new coronavirus variant. Earlier, the government had temporarily suspended flights from the UK till December 31.

The Union Health Ministry has said that about 33,000 passengers disembarked at various Indian airports from the UK from November 25 to December 23 midnight. All these passengers are being tracked and subjected by States/UTs to RT-PCR tests and samples of those found positive be sent for genome sequencing.