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Panaji: The Ministry of Civil Aviation on Monday announced that all flights from the UK will be suspended till December 31 in view of the recent spread of a new coronavirus strain detected in the country. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had informed about the spread of the new strain found in the UK last week.
“Considering the prevailing situation in the UK. Govt. of India has decided that all flights originating from UK to India will be suspended till December 31, (11.59 pm),” the ministry of civil aviation (MoCA), Government of India’s official twitter handle posted.
“This suspension to start w.e.f. 11:59pm hours, December 22, 2020. Consequently flights from India to UK shall stand temporarily suspended during the above said period,” it further stated.
The MoCA further stated  that as a measure of abundant precaution, passengers arriving from the UK in all  transit flights -flights that have taken off or flights which are reaching India before December 22 at 11:59pm -should be subject to mandatory RT-PCR test on arrival at the airports concerned.
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