Covid-19: Fly Emirates Suspends India,Dubai Flights Over Escalating Deaths

Covid-19: Fly Emirates Suspends India,Dubai Flights Over Escalating Deaths

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By Spy Uganda Correspondent

Leading Middle East airline Emirates has announced to suspend flights from Dubai to India to 10 days starting Sunday, April 25. The airline said it has taken the decision in view of the surging coronavirus cases in India.

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“Effective April 24 and for the next 10 days, Emirates flights from India to the UAE will be suspended. Furthermore, passengers who have transited through India in the last 14 days will not be accepted to travel from any other point to the UAE,” the airline said in an update on its website. 

 “Affected customers should contact their travel agent or Emirates contact centre for rebooking options. Emirates regrets any inconvenience caused,” it added.

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The decision will reportedly be reviewed after 10 days.

India has seen a surge in Covid-19 cases in the past few days, with 15.93 million confirmed cases as of Thursday morning. The 314,835 new cases Thursday were more than the previous one-day gain of 314,312 cases reported by the US in December. The official death toll rose to 184,657.

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Several countries have already announced a ban on flights from India to curb the spread of the virus.

On Wednesday, Oman announced an indefinite ban on the entry of travellers from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh starting from 6pm on Saturday, April 24.

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The ban extends to travellers who have been in or visited those countries in the 14 days preceding their arrival in the sultanate.

Meanwhile, Singapore also said on Thursday that it will further tighten border controls with India, including a ban on visitors from the country, because of a “rapidly deteriorating situation” there.

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