AGENCIES, New Delhi: The Ministry of Civil Aviation has announced on that the ban on commercial international flights that was introduced from March 23 will be extended till April 14 as a precautionary measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 in India.
The Centre, in view of the swiftness of the pandemic’s reach had taken the initiative to shut India’s borders by implementing a travel ban banning the arrival of all international flights for a week.
Governments in Australia and New Zealand have also taken similar precautionary measures by banning international flights.
Covid-19, which has infected over 2 lakh people across the globe and led to the deaths of over 9,000, has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Total infected cases in India has surged to 649 and death toll has touched 13.
The government has also asked the railways and the civil aviation ministries to suspend all concessional travel, except for students, patients and for persons belonging to the Divyang category, to dissuade travel and encourage social distancing.