Heathrow airport rejects requests for extra flights from India

The transfer by Britain comes after it detected greater than 100 circumstances of a coronavirus variant first recognized in India, UK well being minister Matt Hancock stated on Monday.

Reuters | , London

PUBLISHED ON APR 22, 2021 08:08 AM IST

Britain’s Heathrow Airport has refused to permit additional flights from India earlier than the nation is added on Friday to Britain’s “red-list” of areas from which most journey is banned as a result of a excessive variety of COVID-19 circumstances, the airport stated on Wednesday.

The transfer by Britain comes after it detected greater than 100 circumstances of a coronavirus variant first recognized in India, Well being Minister Matt Hancock stated on Monday.

“We have made the troublesome however important resolution so as to add India to the Pink Checklist. This implies anybody who isn’t a UK or Irish resident or a British citizen can not enter the UK if they have been in India within the earlier 10 days,” Hancock had instructed parliament.

Heathrow Airport’s refusal to permit additional flights from India was reported earlier by the BBC, with the airport including that it turned down the requests from airways due to considerations about queues at passport management.

The airport additionally instructed Reuters it didn’t wish to exacerbate current pressures on the border by permitting extra passengers to fly in.

India now faces a coronavirus “storm” overwhelming its well being system, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated in a nationwide deal with on Tuesday, with the world’s second-most populous nation reporting 295,041 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday – the most important each day rise reported in any nation – stretching its hospitals to breaking level.

India’s 2,023 deaths in sooner or later had been additionally its highest within the pandemic.

No less than 24 COVID-19 sufferers in western India died on Wednesday when the oxygen provide to their ventilators ran out, amid a nationwide scarcity of the gasoline and a surge in infections.

Well being consultants stated India had let its guard down when the virus appeared to be underneath management in the course of the winter, permitting large gatherings similar to weddings and festivals.

Modi is himself going through criticism for addressing packed political rallies for native elections and permitting a non secular competition to go forward the place thousands and thousands gathered.

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