Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation VK Singh said on Thursday that 56 Air India employees had died till July 14 due to coronavirus infection. He gave this information in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha. Singh said that 3,523 employees of Air India were infected with Covid-19. As of 14 July 2021, 56 of these employees had died. The Minister said that several steps have been taken by Air India to protect the interests of the COVID affected employees and their families. He said that in case of death due to Covid, a compensation of Rs 10 lakh was given to the family of every permanent employee.
The outbreak of coronavirus continues in India. With the arrival of 41,383 new cases of Covid-19 in the country in a day, the total number of infection cases reached 3,12,57,720 while the number of patients under treatment was recorded at 4,09,394. Let us tell you, this is the second consecutive day increase in the number of patients getting treatment for this disease.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has extended the ban on the movement of scheduled international commercial flights in India till 31 July 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. This restriction will not apply to international all-cargo operations and specifically to flights approved by the aviation regulator. Flights operated under bilateral air bubble agreements with select countries will continue.
Recently the DGCA had said that all airport operators must ensure that people are wearing masks properly at the airport and during travel. Along with this, safe physical distance will also have to be maintained in the airport premises. The DGCA also directed the airlines to conduct a surprise check. If airlines are unable to ensure compliance with the rules inside the aircraft, they can also be fined. Also, if a person does not obey despite repeated warnings, he will be treated as an 'unruly traveler'.
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