International Flights Latest News: The Union Home Ministry on Wednesday issued guidelines for Unlock 5 and said the International Air Travel will continue to remain shut except those which were permitted by the Centre. However, “The international air travel, except those permitted by MHA, continues to remain shut,” the MHA said in the fresh order. Also read: Unlock 5.0: Cinema halls, multiplexes to open with 50% capacity from October 15, states to decide on schools

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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation(DGCA) Soon after the Unlock 5 guidelines were out, issued an order and extended the suspension on scheduled international commercial passenger services to/from India till October 31.

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However, the DGCA said that the ban will not apply to international all-cargo and international scheduled flights approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.

In partial modification of the circular dated 26-06-2020, the competent authority has further extended the validity of the circular issued on the subject cited above regarding Scheduled International commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hrs 1ST of 3151 October, 2020. This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA,” the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) said in a statement released Wednesday evening.

Earlier in the day, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that India has established separate bilateral air bubble arrangements with Kenya and Bhutan for the operation of special international passenger flights between the two countries.

Till September 17, India had formed such arrangements with 13 countries — Afghanistan, Bahrain, Canada, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, the Maldives, Nigeria, Qatar, the UAE, the UK, and the USA.

Under an air bubble pact between two countries, special international passenger flights can be operated by their airlines into each other’s territories under restrictive conditions.

Scheduled international flights have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mean-while, With India, reporting 80,472 new cases and 1,179 deaths in the last 24 hours ending 8 am on Wednesday, the total number of coronavirus infections crossed the 62 lakh-mark to reach 62,25,764. Of the total, 97,497 people have succumbed to the virus, 9,40,441 are active cases, while as many as 51,87,826 people have been treated and discharged so far.

While the last couple of weeks have been a period of welcome slowdown in the spread of novel coronavirus epidemic across the country, the most prolonged, consistent, and significant decline in growth rates has been seen in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, and Tamil Nadu.

Union minister Nitin Gadkari Wednesday said he has recovered from the coronavirus infection and thanked people for their blessings and good wishes. “I feel glad to inform you all that with your blessings and good wishes, I have recovered from coronavirus. Thanks for your affection,” he tweeted on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, daily coronavirus cases in India dropped below 75,000 and less than 1,000 deaths were reported in a day after nearly a month. India’s recovery rate is 83.33 percent, the highest in the world. The fatality rate, on the other hand, is 1.57 percent. Meanwhile, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The global death toll due to Covid-19 passed the one million mark on Tuesday, most of which have been reported in the United States, followed by Brazil and India. These three countries account for nearly 45 percent of Covid-19 deaths globally. According to Reuters, over 5,400 people die from the disease every 24 hours. This results in around 226 people succumbing to disease per hour, or one person every 16 seconds.

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