Australia Bans Passenger Flights from India until May 15

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the suspension would remain in place until at least May 15 due to "clearly present" risks of travel from India

When India is struggling with a second wave of the corona virus surge with more than 3 lakh daily new coronavirus cases in the past few days, many countries like Thailand, Netherlands, Iran, Canada, UAE, Hong Kong have restricted entry of travellers from India.

Now Australia has joined the list. It has suspended all direct passenger flights from India due to the surge in Covid-19 cases. The decision was taken during a meeting of Cabinet’s national security committee.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the suspension would remain in place until at least May 15 due to "clearly present" risks of travel from India. This lead thousands of Australians -including high-profile cricketers stranded in the country.

Last week, Australia had announced that it would cut the number of its citizens able to return from India and other red-zone countries to contain the risk of more virulent strains of Covid spreading. The country has also closed its borders to non-citizens and permanent residents last March to prevent the new coronavirus reaching the country. All returning travellers have to undergo a mandatory two-week hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Meanwhile, 3,23,144 people tested positive for coronavirus infection in a day, taking India's total tally of COVID-19 cases to 1,76,36,307, while the national recovery rate has further dropped to 82.54 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday.

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