India extends ban on international passenger flights


The nationwide lockdown which was set to end this Sunday has now been extended by two weeks (from May 4 until May 17, 2020) — Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India announced.

New guidelines will come into effect during this period, which includes considerable relaxation in some regions, bifurcated into the red (hotpots), green (with zero confirmed cases or no confirmed cases in the last 21 days) and orange (those districts that neither fall in red or green) zones.

A limited number of activities that will be banned across the country, irrespective of the zone include travel by air, rail, metro and inter-state movement by road; running of schools, colleges, and other educational institutions; hospitality services including hotels and restaurants; places of large gatherings like cinema halls, gymnasiums, and sports complexes; social, political and cultural gatherings; religious establishments and places of worship for the public.

However, movement by air, rail, and road will be allowed for select purposes. The ban continues “all domestic and international air travel of passengers, except for medical services, air ambulance and for security purposes or for purposes as permitted by MHA.”

The movement of individuals from non-essential services strictly prohibited between 19:00 to 07:00.

Across all zones, citizens above the age of 65 years, those with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below ten will stay at home, except for essential purposes.

Out-Patient Departments (OPDs) and Medical clinics shall be permitted to operate in all areas except containment zones, with social distancing and other safety precautions.


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