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Arvind Kejriwal, Ashok Gehlot Urge Centre To Ban All Flights From UK Right Away

Both Delhi and Rajasthan chief ministers have asked the government to ban all flights from UK immediately over mutant coronavirus strain

Arvind Kejriwal, Ashok Gehlot Urge Centre To Ban All Flights From UK Right Away
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Arvind Kejriwal, Ashok Gehlot Urge Centre To Ban All Flights From UK Right Away
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2020-12-21T14:18:50+05:30

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has asked the government to ban all flights from the UK immediately over mutant coronavirus strain.

Kejriwal tweeted, "New mutation of corona virus has emerged in UK, which is a super-spreader. I urge central govt to ban all flights from UK immediately."

Now, Rajasthan chief minister has also urged centre to take stringent action against the new coronavirus strain. 

Expressing concern over the new coronavirus strain in the UK, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday asked the Centre to take prompt action, prepare a contingency plan and immediately ban all flights from the UK and other European countries.

In a tweet, Gehlot said India was late in banning international flights when COVID-19 had started spreading, leading to a drastic spike in cases in the country.

"The new strain of novel coronavirus emerging in the UK is a matter of great concern. GoI must take prompt action, prepare a contingency plan to contain the same & also immediately ban all flights from the UK & other European countries," he tweeted.

"India needs both a preparedness plan as well as steps to restrict any movement from affected countries. Our medical experts must be ready with a treatment plan in case of any outbreak of the new strain of virus. Health protocols must be adhered to even more strictly,” the chief minister said.

The Health Ministry has called a meeting today of its joint monitoring group on Covid-19 to discuss a mutant coronavirus that has spread rapidly in the UK, government sources have said.

On December 20, Britain's health minister warned that a strict lockdown imposed on London and southeast England may last for months because the new strain was "out of control".

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that millions must cancel Christmas plans and stay at home from Sunday.

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