Omicron Surge: International Flights to & from India suspended till Feb 28

New-Delhi: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Wednesday has suspended the scheduled international commercial passenger flights to and from India till February 28.

The restriction does not apply to international cargo flights, those approved by the DGCA and flights from countries with which India has entered into an air bubble arrangement.

The announcement came amid the rise of the new variant of Covid-19 which has been identified as Omicron.

Earlier, the DGCA had extended the ban till January 31, 2022, revoking its decision to resume scheduled international flights from December 15 onwards.

Meanwhile, India recorded 2,82,970 new Covid-19 cases and 441 related deaths in the last 24 hours ending 8 am Wednesday, data updated by the Union Ministry of Health showed.

The active caseload has increased to 18,31,000, up from yesterday’s 17.3 lakh. The daily positivity rate has also increased to 15.13 per cent.

The Omicron tally has reached 8,961 — an increase of 0.79 per cent since yesterday, the Ministry said.

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