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  • UAE suspends all flights from India amid rising coronavirus instances.
  • Some 300 flights every week had been working between the UAE and India earlier than the ban was introduced.
  • The GCAA says that these coming from India by different international locations should keep in that third vacation spot for no less than 14 days.

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates on Thursday determined to droop all incoming flights from India, together with transit passengers, because the nation faces an unprecedented spike in coronavirus instances.

Some 300 flights every week had been working between the UAE and India earlier than the ban was introduced, in keeping with native media, making the air hall one of many busiest on this planet.

“The decision to suspend flights came after studying and evaluating the epidemiological situation in the friendly Republic of India,” the Common Civil Aviation Authority stated in an announcement carried on state information company WAM.

The GCAA stated that these coming from India by different international locations should keep in that third vacation spot for no less than 14 days.

UAE nationals and passengers in non-public jets are exempt from that requirement.

Cargo flights between the 2 international locations will proceed after the ban, which comes into impact on April 25 for a interval of 10 days “that can be extended”.

“This comes in response to the proactive precautionary and preventive health measures issued by all concerned authorities in the country to limit the spread” of the pandemic, WAM cited authorities as saying.

The UAE is house to some 3.3 million Indians who make up a 3rd of the inhabitants — most of them in Dubai, one of many seven emirates that make up the federation.

India introduced Thursday that just about 315,000 new instances of coronavirus had been recorded in the course of the previous 24 hours, within the highest every day toll on this planet.

New Delhi despatched out warnings that sufferers may die if oxygen provides in hospitals weren’t replenished.

The nation´s long-underfunded healthcare system is being stretched to the restrict by a devastating second wave of the pandemic blamed on a “double mutant” variant and “super-spreader” mass gatherings.

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