Covid Is Back In India? Masks Compulsory In This State; Hong Kong Bans Air India Flights

Covid Is Back In India? Masks Compulsory In This State; Hong Kong Bans Air India Flights
Covid Is Back In India? Masks Compulsory In This State; Hong Kong Bans Air India Flights

Till April 24, Hong Kong has banned Air India services after three passengers on one of its flights tested positive for COVID-19 post arrival on Saturday, according to a senior government official.

Hong Kong Banned Air India Services

The rules issued by the Hong Kong government stated that the passengers from India can arrive in Hong Kong only if they have a COVID-19 negative certificate from a test done 48 hours prior to the journey, said the official.

Basically, all the international passengers need to take a post-flight COVID-19 test at the airport premises in Hong Kong.

Further adding, “The three passengers on Air India’s AI316 Delhi-Kolkata-Hong Kong flight on April 16 tested positive for COVID-19 post arrival,”.

So, the Air India flights from New Delhi and Kolkata have been banned till April 24 by the Hong Kong government.

As of now, there is no statement released from Air India on this matter.

Prior to this, the regular international flights resumed in India on March 27 after a two years’ hiatus induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mask Again Mandatory

Considering a rise in Covid cases in some adjoining states, the Uttar Pradesh government made it compulsory for people to wear a face mask in public places in capital Lucknow and six NCR districts on Monday.

It seems that the increase in Covid cases has had an impact on the districts falling under the national capital region (NCR). 

So, the government has made use of masks mandatory in public places in Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Hapur, Meerut, Bulandshahr, Baghpat as well as capital Lucknow, according to an official.

The official said that in the last 24 hours, 65 new Covid cases have been confirmed in Gautam Buddh Nagar, 20 in Ghaziabad and 10 in Lucknow.

So the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered “close monitoring” of the situation, he said.

Earlier this month, the Uttar Pradesh government had given relaxation in wearing face masks considering the improving COVID-19 situation.

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