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UAE bans flights from India amid COVID-19 surge for 10 days

The UAE has suspended flights between India and the middle-eastern nation from Sunday

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India logged over 3.32 lakh new Covid cases, once again the highest-ever daily count recorded in the world, and 2,263 deaths since yesterday. This is the second straight day that the country is reporting over three lakh cases. Amid this, The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has suspended flights between India and the middle-eastern nation.

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On Thursday, International carrier Emirates said that it will be suspending flights between Dubai and India for 10 days from 25 April. The travel ban will come into effect from 11.59 pm, the Gulf News reported, as per PTI. Passengers who have transited through India in the last 14 days are also not permitted to board from any other point to the UAE.

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

UAE citizens and passengers in private jets, diplomatic passport holders, and official delegations are exempted from this. Indian citizens are allowed to enter the UAE only if they have stayed in some other country for 14 days. Owing to the travel restrictions, international airlines such as Emirates and Etihad will suspend flights from India to the UAE.

Canada has also banned flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days due to the increase of COVID-19 cases. The US, Hong Kong, the UK have already asked the citizens of their country to avoid traveling to/from India.

Stay tuned to The Live Mirror for more updates.

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