Amidst the decreasing cases of Covid in the country and the world, the government had talked about starting regular flights from March 27. But because of the spurt in the cases of Covid in many countries including China once again, the government has become cautious about it. Officials say that even though the cases of Covid in India have come down in the past and it has come down to the lowest in the last 22 months, but in China, South Korea, Japan and many countries of East Asia and Europe, Covid cases are still increasing. The rapid increase in cases is a cause for concern.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya also reviewed the situation arising out of Covid in a high-level meeting on Wednesday, in which Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, K. Vijay Raghavan, NITI Aayog member Dr. VK Paul and many senior officials and volunteer experts were present. In the meeting that lasted for about one and a half hours, the status of vaccination to protect against Covid was also discussed. Along with this, the increasing infection of Covid in foreign countries was also discussed.
In the meeting, the officers have been instructed to remain vigilant, take immediate steps to prevent the spread of Covid infection, and to maintain vigilance at the highest level. Along with this, the Union Health Minister also stressed on expanding the scope of genome sequencing tests of Covid samples, so that new variants of Covid can be detected immediately.
India had previously thought out to resume scheduled international flights from December 15, 2021. But then it was postponed because of the new variant Omicron. Later on February 28, DGCA extended the ban on regular commercial international passenger flights till further orders. International flights in the country were first suspended in March 2020, when a nationwide lockdown was imposed to combat the first wave of the pandemic.