Haven’t banned flights but increased surveillance, protocols: Govt on Omicron scare

Reported By:DNA Web Team| Edited By: DNA Web Team |Source: DNA webdesk |Updated: Dec 02, 2021, 09:57 PM IST

Amid several countries imposing curbs on flights from African nations in wake of the Omicron variant fears, the government has said that it has not banned any flights but increased surveillance and protocols. 

During a weekly media briefing on Thursday, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that India has increased surveillance and protocols for those who are coming from ‘at risk’ countries.

“Omicron related situation is an evolving situation. Some countries have stopped flights. But we are keeping watch on ‘at risk’ countries and have increased surveillance and protocols like testing and mandatory home quarantine. The list of such countries is decided technically. The list is not entirely based on Omicron because it existed prior to the Omicron situation,” said Bagchi.

“We are ready to supply medical equipment, medical cooperative and collaboration with any country if they come forward with any such kind of request,” he added.

On the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin, he said that the scheduled visit of the Russian President will take place on 6th December. He will be here for the 21st India-Russia Annual Summit. There will be a series of meetings.

“We foresee a very intensive engagement during the day and culminating with the Summit. The Day will begin with Defence Minister and Russian counterpart co-chairing intergovernmental commission,” he said.

(With ANI inputs)

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