New Delhi: Keeping in view the rising cases of coronavirus infections, Hong Kong has suspended all flights connecting it with India from Tuesday to May 3, aviation industry sources said on Sunday. They said the Hong Kong government has also suspended flights to and from Pakistan as well as the Philippines for the aforementioned time period.
The Hong Kong government’s decision has come after 50 passengers of two Vistara flights this month were found positive for COVID-19 when tested on arrival. According to rules, all passengers who want to come to Hong Kong need to have a COVID-negative RT-PCR result with them from a test done 72 hours prior to the journey.
Earlier on Sunday, the Hong Kong government announced a suspension of all Vistara flights on the Mumbai-Hong Kong route till May 2.
This decision was taken as three passengers on Vistara’s Mumbai-Hong Kong flight on Sunday tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival.
Till Sunday, total of 47 passengers who were on Vistara’s Delhi-Hong Kong flight of April 4 have tested positive for COVID-19 in Hong Kong. Vistara’s flights on the Delhi-Hong Kong route had earlier been banned from April 6 to April 19.
India reported more than 273,000 cases on Monday (2,73,810 )in the last 24 hours. The new infections, showing no signs of slowing down rose from 2,34,692 cases reported a day earlier, staying above 200,000-mark since April 15. The country reported a high of 2,00,739 cases on April 15.
The new cases have been increasing at an alarming pace since the country broke the one lakh case barrier on April 4 when it reported 1,03,558 new COVID-19 cases. Within a fortnight, the numbers have doubled, sounding alarm bells throughout the country as medical infrastructure, doctors and patients grapple with resource crunch all over the country.
(With PTI inputs)