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Omicron pushes back India’s international flights resumption plan

Omicron pushes back

In the wake of the rising concerns over the new Covid-19 variant Omicron, the centre has decided not to resume scheduled international flights from December 15, as decided earlier in consultation with ministries of health, external affairs and home affairs.

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“In view of the evolving global scenario with the emergence of new variants of concern, the situation is being watched closely in consultation with all stakeholders and an appropriate decision indicating the effective date of resumption of scheduled commercial international passenger services shall be notified in due course,” the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in an order on Wednesday.

With the growing scare of the new Covid-19 variant, stricter curbs have been introduced at airports across the country. Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya is scheduled to hold a meeting with states/UTs on airport screening & surveillance today. Data shared by the World Health Organisation states that as many as 23 countries, including the US, Spain, Canada, Britain, Austria, Portugal, and the UAE, have so far reported the new Covid-19 variant Omicron B. 1.1.529.

Meanwhile, 9,765 fresh Coronavirus infections were reported in India in the last 24 hours, taking its overall tally of Covid-19 cases to 3,46,06,541. According to data from the Union Health Ministry on Thursday, the active cases increased to 99,763.

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According to the findings of a study at Delhi’s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, published in the November 21 issue of Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology has found that blood groups A, B and Rh+ are more disposed to Covid-19 infection, while blood groups O, AB and and Rh- are at a significantly lower risk of the infection. The study was conducted in 2,586 Covid-19 positive patients who were admitted to the hospital from April 8 2020 to October 4 2020.

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