LIVE UPDATES: India-UK flights to resume from 8 January after ban due to mutant strain


The Indian government has decided to resume flights with the United Kingdom from 8 January after suspending them for two weeks due to the detection of a highly dangerous mutant strain of coronavirus.

India’s Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted, “It has been decided that flights between India & UK will resume from 8 Jan 2021. Operations till 23 Jan will be restricted to 15 flights per week each for carriers of the two countries to & from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru & Hyderabad only. @DGCAIndia will issue the details shortly.”

The Indian government had suspended all flights between India and the UK from 22 December. The ban was first valid till 31 December, but the government had later extended the suspension till 7 January.

Earlier, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Ireland, Turkey and Canada had suspended flight to and from the UK. France had closed its border with the UK for 48 hours, with no lorries or ferry passengers able to sail from the port of Dover.

LIVE UPDATES on today’s big stories will appear below:

20:15 PM: 75-year-old #farmer protesting against Centre’s new agri laws allegedly hangs himself at Uttar Pradesh-Delhi border in Ghazipur: Police. (PTI)

20:03 PM: Gujarat reports 741 new coronavirus cases, tally rises to 2,46,513; death toll reaches 4,314 with five fatalities: Health Department. (PTI)

19:26 PM: Pakistan Army opens heavy fire and shells mortars at forward posts along Line of Control in Nowshera sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, prompting retaliation from Indian troops: Officials. (PTI)

18:39 PM: CDSCO panel recommends granting approval for restricted emergency use of Bharat Biotech’s indigenous COVID vaccine Covaxin in India: Sources. (PTI)

17:44 PM: Sourav Ganguly has undergone angioplasty. He is stable now. He will be monitored for 24 hours. He is completely conscious. There are two blockages in his heart for which he will be treated: Dr Aftab Khan, Woodlands Hospital, Kolkata. (ANI)

16:35 PM: The moment I got the news I immediately got in touch with hospital authorities. He (Sourav Ganguly) is being well looked after & his condition is improving. He is stable. I am sure he will be fit and fine: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar. (ANI)

14:56 PM: I am not going to get vaccinated for now. How can I trust BJP’s vaccine, when our government will be formed everyone will get free vaccine. We cannot take BJP’s vaccine: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav. (ANI)

13:59 PM: Maharashtra: Mumbai court extends the police custody of car designer Dilip Chhabria till January 7 in connection with an alleged cheating and forgery case. (ANI)

13:24 PM: BCCI president and former India captain Sourav Ganguly rushed to hospital folowing chest pain: hospital sources. (PTI)

11:58 AM: Not just in Delhi, it will be free across the country: Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on being asked if COVID-19 vaccine will be provided free of cost. (ANI)

10:24 AM: Former Union Minister, former MP from Rajasthan and Congress leader Buta Singh passes away. (ANI)

09:59 AM: Single-day rise of 19,079 cases, 224 fatalities push India’s COVID-19 tally to 1,03,05,788, death toll to 1,49,218: Health ministry. (PTI)

09:21 AM: Anybody is welcome to leave. I don’t think there’ll be any reflection in our party for the defection of Soumendu. Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers are becoming more and more devoted to the party: Madan Mitra, TMC leader. (ANI)

08:21 AM: Freezing cold kills one more farmer at Ghazipur Border. 57-year-old Galtan Singh was from Baghpat, UP. He was healthy but suddenly complained of chest pain due to freezing cold and died: Kisan Ekta March


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