More India repatriation flights, Pakistan cases drop

By Eudore R. Chand

NEW DELHI 27 July 2020: India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation confirmed last night that Air India’s repatriation flights for its citizens in the Gulf wishing to return home in view of coronavirus disruptions, will be extended into its Phase V from 1st August.

The ministry released a limited schedule for these flights for a six-day period ending on 6th August. However, they will touch down at airports which were not included in the previous phases, representing an expansion in repatriations.

In the UAE, these flights will pick up Indians from Sharjah and also bring back passengers of certain categories from India to Sharjah. In the entire Gulf, the repatriation will cover airports in Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar, in addition to Sharjah, said Wam.

A more detailed schedule including flights by other Indian carriers such as Air India Express and some private airlines in Phase V is being finalised and is expected to be released before 1st August when the new schedules go into effect.

Air India clarified that domestic flights announced tonight as part of the Phase V repatriation schedule will not accommodate domestic passengers. They are meant exclusively for arrivals on “Vande Bharat” repatriation programme to be connected to destinations within India.

Covid cases declining every day: Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Information Minister Shibli Faraz has claimed that cases of new coronavirus, Covid-19, in the country are decreasing daily, due to the effective measures taken by the government.

Faraz said in a press conference held in Islamabad yesterday that the government adopted a balanced strategy in its dealings with the coronavirus pandemic, explaining that his country pursued a balanced, smart lockdown policy to save people and the economy.

He added that the government took the initiative to help vulnerable groups in the society and provided cash assistance to 13 million families so far. He noted that cases of coronavirus infections are declining every day, hoping that people will continue their commitment to precautionary measures during Eid al-Adha’s holidays.

According to the National Command and Operation Centre, the total confirmed cases of coronavirus in Pakistan are 274,000, and 5,840 deaths.

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