Hardeep Singh Puri, the civil aviation minister tweeted "Decision has been taken to extend the temporary suspension of flights to & from the UK till 7 January 2021. Thereafter strictly regulated resumption will take place for which details will be announced shortly." The Union Health Ministry has said that all the international passengers who arrived in India during last 14 days before the travel ban to UK and were tested positive for Covid-19, will be subjected to genome sequencing.
The Centre clarified that the genome sequencing of the symptomatic or positive passengers will be done for those who travelled in the country from 9 December to 22 December, 2020. While the new UK virus strain is believed to 70% more transmissible than the older strain, scientists have said it is less lethal. The new coronavirus variant has also been found to affect people in the age group of 30-60 years.