PM announces flight ban from India

Flights to and from India into Australia have now been suspended, amid increasing concerns over the nation’s escalating COVID-19 situation.

Flights to and from India into Australia have now been suspended, Scott Morrison has announced, amid increasing concerns over the nation’s escalating COVID-19 situation.

“We recognise that this has been a very significant outbreak in India,” the Prime Minister told reporters, off the back of a national security committee meeting this morning.

“Today we agreed, in addition to the measures that I announced after the last National Cabinet meeting, to pause direct passenger flights between India and Australia until the 15th of May.”

Following the PM’s decision last week to reduce arrivals from India by 30 percent – with passengers travelling from there required to undergo a virus test 72 hours before leaving their last port of call – calls have mounted for him to close our border to the nation altogether.

On Sunday, India recorded 352,991 cases – the worst single-day increase in any country since the pandemic began – as mass cremation sites were established in response to a mounting death toll. Another 323,000 new infections were reported in the last 24 hours, and 2,771 deaths.

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