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India To Ground Domestic Passenger Flights Over Coronavirus

Autos are stopped by policemen at a checkpoint on the Uttar Pradesh and Delhi border to inforce a lockdown order in some districts by Uttar Pradesh’s authorities as a safety measure towards the unfold of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, in Ghazipur on March 23, 2020. Prakash SINGH / AFP.


India will floor all home passenger flights from Wednesday to fight the unfold of the novel coronavirus, the federal government stated, as extra states ordered lockdowns.

India has already banned incoming worldwide flights and sealed most of its land borders.

The federal government data bureau stated solely cargo flights might be allowed.

Home Indian carriers carried some 144 million passengers final 12 months.

“Covid-19 pandemic is crippling the global economy and aviation including India’s once-booming aviation sector for years to come,” Devesh Agarwal, the editor of the Bangalore Aviation web site, instructed AFP.

“This is not a short-term pandemic and the outlook for Indian aviation looks tragic. The aviation sector in India is decimated right now. This is similar worldwide.”

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Worldwide visitors to the monetary capital Mumbai had additionally fallen greater than 55 % within the month of March amid the growing flight restrictions,” a Mumbai Airport spokeswoman instructed AFP.

India has reported seven virus deaths from greater than 400 instances, however infections have risen sharply in current days.

A whole bunch of tens of millions of Indians had been ordered locked down Sunday on the earth’s second-most populous nation.


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