Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Thursday that the new variant of Kovid-19 is harmful for Omicron countries and the whole world needs to avoid it. In the Lok Sabha, the Union Minister said that we were gradually increasing the operation of aircraft for more than the last 6 months. This also included international flights. Omicron has brought loss to all countries of the world. We all need to be safe from this.
Civil Aviation Minister said that our government has made a list of 11 countries at risk. Let us tell you that international commercial flights were going to start in India from December 15. But on Wednesday, the DGCA issued a statement saying that in view of Omicron. DGCA will review its old decision again.
People coming from 11 countries were screened at the airports.
Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said that in view of the threat of ‘Omicron’, a new form of corona virus, screening of people coming from 11 countries including Britain, South Africa and Israel has been started at the airports. This information was give to the House in reply to supplementary questions by Manish Tewari, Chinta Anuradha and some other members during the Question Hour in Lok Sabha.
Jyotiraditya Scindia said-
He said, “The whole world has become aware of Omicron. There are international air traffic agreements (air bubble agreements) with 31 countries, agreements are proposed with 10 countries. We have to strike a balance between the convenience of health and transportation services.
Scindia said that the facility of health check-up has started at the airports of people coming from 11 countries including Britain, South Africa, Israel. He said, 11 countries were identified on the risk scale. Its investigation started yesterday. Five and a half thousand people coming from abroad were screened at various airports yesterday.
Scindia said, in the atmosphere of Covid, in March, 2020, the facilities of the arrival around the world were close. Vande Bharat facility was launch on 7th May. So far 1.83 crore people have come back through this facility and can go back to their homes from here.
The Omicron form was identified in South Africa on 24 November.
Researchers in South Africa identified a new form of COVID-19 on November 24, 2021, Omicron (B.1.1. Omicron is very different in terms of the nature of the corona virus as it is by far the most modified form of SARS-CoV-2.