India to resume regular international air travel from March 27 amid fears of a fourth Covid wave

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New Delhi: After two years, India is all set to resume scheduled commercial international flights to and from the country starting March 27 as the coronavirus situation in the country improves.

Due to the outbreak of COVID -19, scheduled international flight services were suspended on March 23, 2020. However, special international flights have been operating between India and about 35 other countries since July 2020 under air bubble.

With the number COVID-19 cases in the country coming down, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has decided to resume flights to pre-pandemic levels.

However, COVID-19 cases are witnessing a spurt in many other countries, which is a cause for concern. Still, the Health Ministry in India feels that with mere 2,568 fresh cases reported across the country on Tuesday, the threat from the disease may not be severe.

At the same time, health experts have cautioned that a fourth wave of the pandemic could strike soon as Omicron BA.2 variant of COVID-19 is presently spreading fast in China and major European nations. Already, some experts have predicted a fourth wave in India during coming June.

India figures

India logged 2,568 new coronavirus infections, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 4,29,96,062, while the active cases dipped to 33,917, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Tuesday.

The active cases comprise 0.08% of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate further improved to 98.72%, the ministry said.

According to the country’s Health Department, widespread vaccination has helped control the spread of the virus. India has so far distributed 180 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines, including 2.12 crore boosters, said officials.

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