Netherlands suspends flights from India till May 1 amid surge in Covid-19

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Published: April 26,2021 11:48 AM
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The Netherlands has said it is suspending all passenger flights arriving from India starting Monday amid a surge in coronavirus infections in the country.

April 26, 2021: The Netherlands has said it is suspending all passenger flights arriving from India starting Monday amid a surge in coronavirus infections in the country.



"A flight ban will take effect for passenger flights from India at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 26... The flight ban will be in place until at least 00:01 a.m. on May 1," quoted Dutch Aviation Ministry's statement.



India is witnessing a deadly COVID-19 wave, with the country reporting over three lakh daily cases from the last few days. The country on Sunday reported 3,49,391 new Covid-19 cases and 2,767 deaths According to the union health ministry, five states - Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Kerala - contribute 54 per cent of the cases.



The flight ban was announced on Sunday night after the Cabinet received new advice from public health agency RIVM.



"The epidemiological situation on the ground is very serious," she wrote. The minister noted that there are several variants of the coronavirus there, and there are many uncertainties about their "infectivity, pathogenic capability, and possible reduced protection of antibodies after vaccination or a previous infection".



The flight ban is set to expire on May 1, unless the Cabinet decides to extend it during meetings next week. Cargo flights and flights with medical personnel will be exempted from the ban.



With the COVID-19 situation worsening, many countries have imposed travel restrictions on travellers from India.