This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA. However, flights under the Air Bubble agreement will not be affected, the DGCA said.
Despite the onset of the Omicron variant and the alarm over it, there are some positive signs. Governments worldwide are easing quarantine rules, reviewing coronavirus curbs and pushing back pandemic-era emergency support as they bid to launch their economies
Indian megacities Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata are experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases, although without a corresponding rise in hospitalisations, but fears are growing about a spread to rural areas in coming days.
Thousands of flights within the US and internationally were delayed or cancelled on Friday, adding to the travel disruptions during the holiday week due to adverse weather and rising cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant.
It is tempting to confuse the surge in Covid-19 cases across countries, from South Africa to Europe, to India and China, as the result of the new variant, which in World Health Organisation’s (WHO) terminology means a ‘variant of concern’ (VOC), which was first detected in Botswana
Kuwait embassy also called on citizens to stick with Kuwaiti foreign ministry's recommendations to postpone coming to the UK due to mounting Omicron cases.
The new Omicron variant is driving a spiral in infections not just in South Africa, but in other parts of the world as well. Seventy-seven countries have now reported cases of Omicron. This has raised alarm bells, particularly in the
‘Panic’ in Britain as Omicron crisis bites ahead of Christmas; Dutch royals apologise over birthday party breaching virus rules; Souht Korea reimposes curbs; EU agency backs Pfizer pill for emergency use.
WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said that the variant was successfully evading some immune responses, meaning that the booster programmes being rolled out in many countries ought to be targeted towards people with weaker immune systems.
Omicron appears to be better at evading antibodies generated by some COVID-19 vaccines but there are other forms of immunity that may prevent infection and disease, WHO officials said.