Record 6,977 new covid cases in India; UAE talks

By DG Staff

Mohamed bin Zayed, Modi review developments

ABU DHABI 26 May 2020: His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Monday received a call from the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, on the prospects of further advancing the friendly relations between the two countries.

The Indian leader conveyed Eid al-Fitr greetings to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed and wished the UAE more development and prosperity. Sheikh Mohamed thanked Modi for the good gesture, wishing continuing progress for the people of India, said Wam.

The conversation covered an array of regional and international developments, primarily the global fight against the Covid-19 and ways of containing the fallout of the pandemic on all fronts.

Record 6,977 new COVID-19 cases in India

NEW DELHI: India registered biggest single day spike of Covid-19 cases for the fourth consecutive day on Monday with 6,977 new infections, reported in the last 24 hours, taking the country’s tally to 138,845, while the death toll rose to more than 4,000, according to the union health ministry.

A total 148 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

India to resume domestic flights

India will resume domestic commercial flights from 25th May as part of a continuing relaxation of its lockdown to contain the Coid-19 pandemic.

The resumption of internal flights, exactly two months after they were suspended, was announced in a tweet by India’s Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri this evening.

“Domestic civil aviation operations will recommence in a calibrated manner. All airports and air carriers are being informed to be ready for operations from 25th May. Standard Operating Procedures for passenger movement are also being separately issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation,” Puri announced.

Further details of the arrangements, which will bring relief to thousands of passengers stranded across India by the sudden suspension of flights, will be released by Puri tomorrow afternoon at a press conference.

These include COVID-19-mandated new rules and regulations such as mandatory social distancing at airports, changes to security procedures, use of face masks and other personal protective equipment by passengers and employees. Some form of health checks may also be introduced.

The Airports Authority of India indicated in a communication to airport managers to expect flights at 30 percent capacity to facilitate social distancing.

Movement of air cargo, medical evacuation and emergency flights approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation have continued during the two months of lockdown.

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