UAE suspends flights from India


MPs unanimously agreed Canada should suspend global flights from countries where COIVD-19 outbreaks are raging just a few hours before the federal government is expected to announce new restrictions on incoming travel.

From 4am BST (British Summer Time) on Friday - 8:30am Indian time - most people who have travelled from India in the last 10 days will be refused entry.

Four carriers requested to operate an additional eight flights from India as travellers seek to fly before the enforced quarantine comes into effect.

Only, British or Irish passport holders, or people with United Kingdom residence rights will be allowed in but they have to quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days.

The request for extra flights from airlines was turned down because of concerns about queues at passport control, the BBC reported on Thursday.

"The decision to suspend flights came after studying and evaluating the epidemiological situation in the friendly Republic of India", the General Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement carried on state news agency WAM.

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It's a massive humanitarian crisis: India reported more than 300,000 cases of the disease in a single day.

Responding to a question, he said, Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar discussed the issue during a phone call on Monday.

In late December, the government barred flights arriving from the a bid to prevent a contagious variant of COVID-19 that first emerged there from entering this country.

The UK.'s red list practically bans entry to passengers travelling in from India.

The Trudeau government is considering new travel restrictions but has long resisted targetting specific countries. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that it will stop nearly one-third of flights coming from India, The Guardian has reported.

The federal government is looking into flights arriving from India due to a massive surge of COVID-19 cases ravaging that country, Canada's top public health doctor said Wednesday as at least one province urged Ottawa to tighten the border. For the past few days, the country has been reporting in excess of two lakh cases.