Melbourne, April 27
Australia on Tuesday suspended all direct passenger flights from India for the following three weeks because of the unprecedented spike in Covid instances, Prime Minister Scott Morrison mentioned.
The pause on arrivals can be reassessed earlier than May 15, Morrison mentioned.
The determination was taken throughout a gathering of Cabinet’s nationwide safety committee to contemplate the transfer to quickly limit flights from India together with what tools and help could possibly be despatched.
The flight suspension is predicted to have an effect on direct flights to Sydney and two repatriation flights scheduled to reach in Darwin, The Sydney (*15*) Herald reported.
There are about 9,000 Australians in India who’re registered with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as eager to return residence, the report mentioned.
India is battling a second wave of the pandemic with greater than 3 lakh every day new coronavirus instances being reported previously few days, and hospitals in a number of states are reeling beneath a scarcity of medical oxygen and beds. On Monday, the nation recorded 3,52,991 instances on Monday, the best thus far. PTI