Scindia tells Lok Sabha that 11 countries have been placed in the ‘at-risk category amid Omicron concern.

Omicron Variant

Scindia, briefing the Lok Sabha on the Covid situation after the emergence of the new Covid variant Omicron, stated that RT-PCR tests would be conducted for flyers from ‘at-risk countries.
Countries at-risk
Jyotiraditya Scindia, Union Civil Aviation Minister, informed Parliament on Thursday that 11 countries, including the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Israel, have been designated as ‘at-risk due to the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.
Scindia told the Lok Sabha that there would be RT-PCR tests for fliers from ‘at-risk countries following the newly discovered Omicron strain.
Scindia’s announcement comes a day after the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced that the decision to resume scheduled fore flights on December 15 has been postponed.
Last week, the ministry said that international scheduled commercial flights would return on December 15 following a 21-month prohibition. The ministry stated that the decision was made in cooperation with the ministries of Health, External Affairs, and Home Affairs.
“At the moment, we have air bubble agreements with 31 countries and a proposal with ten other nations to initiate air bubble agreements,” the minister responded to a query about the current state of air bubble travel during COVID-19.
“Because of the evolving global scenario with the emergence of new variants of concern, the situation is being closely monitored in consultation with all stakeholders, and an appropriate decision indicating the effective date of resumption of scheduled commercial international passenger services shall be notified in due course,” the DGCA said in its order on Wednesday.
Given the rising worries about the new Covid version, Prime Minister Narendra Modi convened a meeting last week to evaluate the idea to lift international travel restrictions.


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