COVID-19 crisis: India considering health restrictions on travellers from Pakistan

New Delhi: As COVID-19 numbers increase in Pakistan, India is considering putting health restrictions on travellers coming from the country. According to data, the total number of active COVID cases in Pakistan stands at 73,213, as of August 2, 2021. Sources say, “In view of an increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Pakistan, relevant Indian […]

Bangladesh to impose countrywide ‘hard lockdown’ to curb COVID-19 cases

Dhaka: Amid a dramatic surge in COVID-19 infections, Bangladesh will be going into a nationwide ‘hard lockdown’ from Monday (June 28, 2021) for seven days in a bid to stem the spread of cases. In a notification on Friday, the Information Ministry said that all government and private offices, except for emergency services will remain […]

Canada extends ban on passenger flights from India till June 21

Ottawa: The government of Canada has extended the current flight ban from India and Pakistan, amid the worsening COVID-19 situation, by another month. The ban on incoming flights from India and Pakistan will continue till June 21. The Canadian Transport Minister Omar Alghabra made the announcement on Friday (May 21, 2021). Alghabra said that the […]

COVID-19: United Kingdom to review its travel Red list in June

New Delhi: The United Kingdom will be reviewing its traffic light system which includes countries listed on the travel red list on 28th June. Further reviews will also take place on 31st July, 1st October. More than 40 countries have been listed on UK’s travel red list, making it difficult for travellers from these countries […]

Indian COVID strain ‘variant of concern’ but not vaccine resistant: WHO

United Nations: The B-1617 variant of the coronavirus, first identified in India, has been classified as a variant of concern at the global level by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, COVID-19 Technical Lead at the WHO, said Monday (May 10) that the B.1.617 virus variant that was first identified in India […]

Pakistan imposes 10-day lockdown to control COVID-19 surge

Islamabad: In order to curb the rising number of coronavirus infections, authorities in Pakistan are imposing complete countrywide lockdown from May 8 for the next 10 days, Gulf News reported. The Pakistan government has already declared May 8 to 15 as Eid holidays and now there will be a complete ban on unnecessary movement of […]

After France, Spain detects 11 cases of COVID-19 variant first identified in India

Madrid: Spain’s health minister has confirmed that the European country has detected 11 cases of the new strain of the coronavirus first identified in India. Minister Carolina Darias said the cases were two separate outbreaks discovered by health officials in recent days. Earlier, France had confirmed three cases of Indian COVID-19 variants in the country. […]

COVID-19: France to send 28 tonnes of medical supplies to India today

New Delhi: France on Sunday (May 1) will send to India 28 tonnes of medical supplies, including eight large oxygen generation plants, as part of its “solidarity mission” to help the country in its fight against a devastating second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain said the plants will be […]

Australia bans travel from India, says offenders face 5 years in jail, pay USD 50k fine

New Delhi: Australian citizens who are stuck in India and wish to return back home are at risk of facing fines of up to 66,000 Australian dollars (approximately USD 50,964) as Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt says a travel ban will be put in place starting Monday. “The risk assessment that informed the decision was […]

No need for stricter lockdown in Maharashtra: CM Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday (April 30) said that there is no need for a more ‘strict lockdown’ in the state as people are following the restrictions. “There is no need for a more strict lockdown in the state, people are following the restrictions. We have been to contain the spread of […]

US delivers large shipments of medical supplies to India

New Delhi: Two American military aircraft on Friday brought to India large amounts of emergency medical supplies as part of the Joe Biden administration’s support to the country’s fight against a devastating wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The first consignment of the supplies was brought to Delhi in a C-5M Super Galaxy, one of the […]