Ban on flights to India’s Kolkata extended to July 31

Policemen wearing face masks keep vigil at barricades of a coronavirus containment zone in Kolkata. The Union government has extended the ban on flights to the city in view of the growth in infectionsn. AP. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

KOLKATA, Jul 18, 2020, Deccan Chronicle. The Union Civil Aviation Ministry has extended the suspension of domestic flights to Kolkata from six metro cities till the end of this month. This followed a fresh appeal by the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal, where there has been a huge spike in Covid-19 cases, The Asian Age reported.

On Friday evening, the Kolkata Airport tweeted, “The restriction on arriving flights to #KolkataAirport from 6 cities viz Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Nagpur & Ahmedabad has been extended up to 31st July.”

On July 4 the civil aviation ministry had announced a ban on domestic flights to Kolkata from six particular metros. The ban was to be for two weeks, from July 6 till July 19.

Asof Saturday morning, Covid-19 has infected 38,011 persons in West Bengal and claimed 1,049 lives. In the 24 hours prior to Frinday night, 1,894 fresh cases were reported, the highest spike in a day since the epidemic entered the state. Since Thursday, 26 have died due of the disease, 12 of them being people from Kolkata.

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