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New Strain of Covid in Singapore: Puri Says Government Monitors Situation | India News


NEW DELHI: Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said Tuesday that the Center is taking all precautions and monitoring the situation in Singapore after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asked him to cancel all flights with the city-state as a “very dangerous” coronavirus. strain has been detected there.
“Kejriwal ji, all international flights have been stopped since March 2020. We also don’t have an air bubble with Singapore,” Puri said on Twitter.
Only a few flights are being operated between the two countries under the Vande Bharat Mission to bring back the stranded Indians, he added.
“We are still attentive to the situation. All precautions are being taken,” Puri said.
India suspended all scheduled international passenger flights on March 23, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, special international passenger flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat Mission since May 2020 and under air bubbles formed with around 27 countries since July 2020.
Hours earlier, Kejriwal appealed to the Center to immediately cancel all air services with Singapore, saying the new strain of coronavirus is said to be “very dangerous” for children.
This new strain of virus could invade India in the form of a third wave, he said in a tweet.
While no strain of the coronavirus is known in Singapore or known to have originated in the city-state, Kejriwal appeared to be referring to a media report on Monday.
The report mentioned the threat posed to Singaporean children by the variant first detected in India.
In reaction to the media report, NITI Aayog (health) member Dr. VK Paul said Tuesday: “We are examining it.”
The national capital on Tuesday reported 4,482 Covid-19 cases, the lowest single-day increase since April 5, and 265 deaths, while the positivity rate dropped to 6.89 percent.
Delhi had reported 4,524 cases and 340 deaths on Monday, while the positivity rate was 8.42 percent.

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