SpiceJet insurance: SpiceJet passengers can now avail of an insurance cover for COVID-19 hospitalization by paying a minimum premium of Rs 443, the airline said on Wednesday.

“Passengers can opt for the insurance cover ranging between Rs 50,000 to Rs 3,00,000 at a premium for as low as Rs 443 to Rs 1,564 a year (including GST),” the airline said in a press release

“The insurance covers hospital expenses and all pre and post hospitalization expenses for 30 and 60 days respectively. The comprehensive cover includes tests, medication, and consultations upon testing positive for COVID-19,” it added.

The low-cost carrier said it has joined hands with Go Digit General Insurance Limited through its Digit Illness Group Insurance Policy to offer this insurance cover.

“This insurance has no restrictions on room or ICU rent. This implies there is no limit on ICU charges or room rent until the insured sum lasts,” it said.

The airline recently announced that it will operate 19 more flights under the Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) in July to help evacuate nearly 4,500 Indians still stranded in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Oman.

Besides VBM, the airline has operated over 200 charter flights from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Lebanon, and Sri Lanka to evacuate over 30,000 stranded Indians.

In addition, SpiceJet has flown 3,512 cargo flights since the lockdown began on March 25 and ferried around 20,200 tonnes of cargo.

Mean-while, The United States reported more than 60,000 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the biggest increase ever reported by a country in a single day, according to a Reuters tally.

The United States faces a bleak summer with record-breaking infections and many states forced to close parts of the economy again, leaving some workers without a paycheck.

Also, The total confirmed cases of Covid-19 in India has reached 7,67,296. In the last 24 hours, 24,879 new cases have added to the total tally. Out of the total number of cases, 2,69,789 are still active. The death toll has also increased to 21,129. A total of 487 deaths were reported in the past 24 hours.

The recoveries, however, have also increased to 4,76,378. The total recovery rate of the nation now stands at 62%. According to data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 2,67,061 tests were conducted on Wednesday.