Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi Chief Minister, has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to cancel all flights from nations that have reported cases of the novel coronavirus strain B.1.1.529, also known as Omicron.
“I implore the Honourable Prime Minister to halt flights from the countries affected by the new variation. Our country has recovered from Corona with considerable difficulty. We should do everything we can to keep this new variety out of India “Mr. Kejriwal sent out a tweet early Saturday morning.
In light of “the threat from (the) new Covid variation from African countries,” Mr Kejriwal tweeted yesterday that he has asked for a conference of medical and scientific specialists on Monday.
These specialists, he added, would provide a report to the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) with recommendations for protecting the national capital from the B.1.1.529 strain.
“In view of the threat from (the) new COVID-19 variant from African countries, we have requested experts to make a presentation to DDMA on Monday, and suggest what steps we should take. We will take all steps necessary to protect you and your family,” the Chief Minister tweeted.
In view of the threat from new COVID variant from African countries, we have requested experts to make a presentation to DDMA on Mon and suggest what steps we shud take. We will take all steps necessary to protect u and ur family
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 26, 2021
This morning, the Prime Minister is hosting a meeting with key authorities to discuss the Covid problem.
Last night, the centre said that beginning December 15, scheduled international passenger flights to and from India will be allowed to resume their pre-Covid frequencies.
However, services to certain ‘at risk’ countries are still limited. The United Kingdom and other European countries, as well as South Africa, Botswana, Israel, and Hong Kong, are among them.
The government has also requested that states and union territories conduct thorough screenings of passengers arriving from countries where the Omicron strain has been detected.
Several countries have already halted or restricted flights to and from countries in southern Africa. The United Kingdom, the United States, and Israel, as well as some countries in mainland Europe, are among them.
The World Health Organization has advised caution and advocated for a “risk-based and scientific strategy.”
The Omicron strain was initially discovered in South Africa this week, and has already spread to Botswana, Israel, Hong Kong, and Belgium, raising worries of a new outbreak.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated the B.1.1.529 strain as a ‘variant of concern,’ and it has been called Omicron. With the worldwide dominant Delta and its lesser rivals Alpha, Beta, and Gamma, it is classified as a ‘variant of concern,’ putting it in the high-alert category.
Omicron is thought to have 50 mutations, substantially more than any other known variant, with over 30 in the spike protein and ten in the receptor binding domain. Researchers are currently determining whether this makes the strain more transmissible or fatal than previous versions, as well as whether existing vaccines can defend against it.
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