Hong Kong suspends flights connecting India till May 3
Hong Kong has suspended all flights connecting it with India from Tuesday to May 3 amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in the country, aviation industry sources said on Sunday. The Hong Kong government has also suspended flights to and from Pakistan as well as the Philippines for the aforementioned time period due to the rise in infection cases.
Decision taken after fifty people were found positive on arrival
The Hong Kong government's decision has come after 50 passengers of two Vistara flights this month were found positive for COVID-19 when tested on arrival. According to rules, all passengers who want to come to Hong Kong need to have a COVID-19-negative RT-PCR test result with them from a test done 72 hours prior to the journey.
Vistara flights on Mumbai, Delhi routes were earlier suspended
Earlier on Sunday, Vistara flights on the Mumbai-Hong Kong route were suspended till May 2. This decision was taken as three passengers on Vistara's Mumbai-Hong Kong flight on Sunday tested positive on arrival. Till Sunday, 47 passengers from Vistara's Delhi-Hong Kong flight of April 4 had tested positive. Vistara's flights on the Delhi-Hong Kong route had been banned from April 6 to April 19.
India's case tally crosses 1.47 crore
The nation recorded a single-day rise of 2,61,500 coronavirus infections taking India's case tally to 1,47,88,109, while active cases have surpassed the 18-lakh mark, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. The death toll due to the COVID-19 pandemic increased to 1,77,150 with a record 1,501 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.