West Bengal Pauses Flights from UK to Kolkata From January 3
In the wake of the rising Omicron concern, the West Bengal government has decided to temporarily pause all direct flights from the United Kingdom to Kolkata, effective from January 3. The government made the decision in response to an alarming increase in Omicron cases around the world. From January 3, 2022, all travellers arriving in West Bengal from non-at-risk countries will be required to undertake COVID-19 testing at their own expense. According to the government directive, passengers would be required to pre-book the test before boarding. According to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the COVID-19 instances in Kolkata are on the rise. The city is a transit point for persons travelling by train and plane. Most Omicron cases are found among passengers arriving on planes from the United Kingdom. “The Centre must determine whether or not to impose limitations on aircraft from nations with high omicron cases,” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said to PTI. On Wednesday, West Bengal reported 1,089 new illnesses, with Kolkata reporting 540 new cases, a significant increase.
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