About 64% want closure of flights with the UK: Survey

New Delhi: As flights from the UK with passengers on board, a survey found that about 64% Indians want suspension of flights with the UK, which has been badly infected by the new strain of the virus.

“About 45% citizens said they prefer shutting all such flights to and from countries which have cases of the new B.1.1.7 coronavirus strain till January 31 and reassess then, and another 19% also said to keep all such flights shut till January 31,” showed a survey conducted by LocalCircles.

“Another 19% said to institute mandatory COVID negative test certificate at boarding and mandatory test or quarantine at arrival and keep flights running per schedule, while 13% maintained that flights should be kept running per a reduced frequency but institute mandatory COVID negative test certificate at boarding and mandatory test or quarantine at arrival,” the survey said.

Flights between the UK and India resumed after being suspended since December 23, 2020, amid concerns over the highly infectious new mutated strain of coronavirus with mandatory tests and quarantine norms. The health ministry has issued a guideline that mandates all passengers travelling from the UK to India from January 8 to 31 to undergo a mandatory self-paid RT-PCR test at the airport.

India had suspended flights to the UK following moves by many nations like Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium imposing a ban to the country as a precautionary measure.

Despite the early closure of flights, the total number of UK returnees having tested positive for the new strain of the virus has crossed 70.

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In an earlier survey, conducted by LocalCircles, about 50% had suggested that bubble international flights from the UK and other countries be suspended. In the same poll, another 41% of citizens said they wanted a mandatory 14-day quarantine for passengers arriving from impacted countries i.e., UK, South Africa, Netherlands, Denmark and Australia.


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