Major calls on Center to suspend flights from UK, South Africa amid jump in Covid-19 cases: A study

As many as two-thirds of people are calling on the government to suspend flights from the UK and South Africa amid a near-sharp rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country in recent weeks, according to study.

Meanwhile, another 43 percent of the people covered under the survey, conducted by the online platform SocialCircles, were to block all international air services until the second wave of the pandemic, he said.

The results of the survey are based on the responses received from more than 8,800 citizens from across 244 regions in the country, according to a report.

Scheduled international activity has been postponed since the end of March last year. These include special international flights under the Vande Bharat Mission since May last year and under bilateral “air bubble” arrangements with selected countries from July.

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The direct line of SARS-COV2 changes, particularly changes in the UK and South Africa, has been found in various parts of the country amid a path up in the number of active Covid-19 cases in the country, with more than 60,000 cases now reported. every day, LocalCircles said.

This is a five-fold increase in the daily burden per day in 45 days that was around 12,000 on February 12 this year, he said.

The UK variant is estimated to have spread to more than 70 countries, while the South African variant is in more than 30 countries, the statement said. As a result of this, LocalCircles asked citizens whether any restrictions on international flights should be implemented through an investigation, he said.

“Sixty-five per cent of citizens (still) still want to stop travelers from the UK and South Africa to prevent coronavirus changes, (while) 43 per cent (yes) to ban all international entrants for a month, “LocalCircles said in the statement with the findings of the survey.

32 per cent of citizens also said that “stopping flights is not the answer”, although 3 per cent had no response, he said.

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According to many citizens, the damage has already been done and the changes are at various stages in India mainly as a result of the international campaigns in the last three months. However, at least flights will not introduce new infections and new strains, LocalCircles said.

Indeed, the platform at the end of December, based on public feedback, had the government increase the risk of mutant coronavirus, urging the closure of all flights from the UK and other high-risk countries to the end of January. In the survey, at the time, 64 per cent of citizens wanted international flights to close bubbles with countries, particularly the UK, with issues of the new snoring.

The same thing was done. However, UK aircraft closures were resumed from January 8 after being held for about two weeks, LocalCircles said.

With limited capacity for genome testing, some 10,787 samples from 18 Indian states have so far identified 771 cases (736 of UK variants, 34 South African variants, and 1 Brazilian variant), according to the recitation.

He said Punjab Prime Minister Amrinder Singh has announced that 81 per cent of cases detected in his state are based on a genome test of the UK variable type. Punjab has direct flights between the UK and Amritsar that have been operated as part of the Vande Bharat program. he said.

“Punjab alone is not the only one to have celebrated B.1.1.7 in 18 states. Maharashtra is seeking record highs with 35,000 cases per day; and in Delhi, the daily work triples from 500 to 1,500 in five days, “said LocalCircles.

According to the platform, as many as 60 percent of citizens in a related study felt that this new increase is driven by changes. “While the government has not yet adopted that, the B.1.1.7 is known to be 50-60 percent more portable than the original Covid-19 variant. The strain has also affected the youngsters a lot. more than the previous Covid- 19 strain, “he said.

Although there will be no vaccination for juveniles until at least the end of this year, India has exceeded six crore inoculations of adults and is vaccinating between 20-30 lakh citizens per day, according to the news.

However, it will be the end of 2022 before all the vaccines in the country can be vaccinated, and “that is why this second wave of Covid-19 is a matter of great concern to many,” he said.