The West Bengal government announced today that it was blocking flights to Kolkata from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai and Ahmedabad for three weeks, Monday onwards, in an attempt to check the spread of coronavirus infections in the state.
No flight will land in Kolkata from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai and Ahmedabad. This order will remain in force between 6 July and 19 July or until further orders.
Why Kolkata blocked air traffic from these 6 cities
The Ministry of Civil Aviation has agreed to the decision of the West Bengal government to cancel flights from six cities that have so far registered a very high rate of infection.
According to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, West Bengal has reported 20,488 cases of coronavirus disease (COVID) and 717 deaths so far. In Kolkata alone, more than 2,000 people have tested positive and 402 people have lost their lives to the epidemic.
The West Bengal government made this decision because of the increasing cases of infection in the state. The Kolkata airport authority shortlisted the six cities whose conditions are particularly the most worrisome.
Delhi recorded 2,520 fresh coronavirus cases on Friday, taking the tally in the city to over 92,000, while the death toll from the disease mounted to 2,923.
Maharashtra reported another daily high of 6,364 new cases, of which Mumbai accounted for over 1,300. Thane city, Kalyan-Dombivali, Mira Bhayandar and Navi Mumbai in MMR are badly hit by the virus outbreak.
Pune has 5,996 Confirmed cases; it has reported 2,459 recoveries and 274 deaths.
On 4 July, 37 people in Nagpur tested positive for COVID. The total count of patients in the city has risen to 1,709.
Tamil Nadu recorded its highest spike till date with 4329 fresh cases reported on Friday, bringing the state tally to 1,02,721. Chennai reported 2082 positive cases, bringing the city’s total to 64,689.
Till Friday evening, 20,689 COVID-19 positive cases and 1,411 deaths were reported in Ahmedabad city.
COVID in India & world
Domestic flights had resumed on 25 May. Due to the lockdown, all passenger aircraft had been grounded across the country on 25 March. International flights have yet to resume.
The union government has extended the ban on international flights till 31 July. On 23 March when the government had first announced it was blocking international flights, the ban was supposed to be lifted on 15 July. However, the situation in many countries still does not inspire the Indian government’s confidence.
The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide has crossed the 11 million mark and now stands at 11,048,509. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths recorded globally has reached over 5.24 lakh (5,24,663), according to data released by Johns Hopkins University.
Spain has tallied more than 28,000 deaths and 250,000 cases from the pandemic, making it one of the hardest-hit countries in Europe.
In the last 24 hours, a record 22,771 new cases have been reported in India in the horrific spread of the infection. The number of people affected so far since the beginning of the outbreak is 6.48,315. The number of deaths in the country has increased to 18,655 with 442 deaths due to coronavirus in the last 24 h.