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01 Oct 2020 | 08:56 AM UTC

India: Authorities extend international flight suspension until October 31 /update 72

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Authorities extend international flight suspension until October 31; confirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/1/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/31/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION India

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Event

The Indian government has announced that international flights will remain suspended until October 31 due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Flights may only be approved on a case by case basis; however, cargo operations will be allowed to continue. Domestic flights were allowed to resume on May 25. Temporary reciprocal arrangements regarding commercial passenger services are in place with a number of countries, a full list of which can be found here.

Restrictions remain in place at varying levels in a number of Indian states. Large gatherings remain prohibited and the wearing of a face covering is mandatory in public spaces. Train and metro services resumed on a limited capacity on September 7.

As of Thursday, October 1, authorities have confirmed 6,312,584 cases of COVID-19 in the country and 96,678 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected over the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, or a rash on the skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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