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Ban on flights to Kolkata extended to July 31

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | RAJIB CHOWDHURI
Published Jul 18, 2020, 11:21 am IST
Updated Jul 18, 2020, 11:21 am IST
Mamata Banerjee requested an extension of the ban in view of the rise in COVID-19 cases
Dark clouds gather over a field in Kolkata. The government of Mamata Banerjee has requested the central government to extend a ban on domestic flights to the city to contain the spread of the coronavirus. (PTI)
 Dark clouds gather over a field in Kolkata. The government of Mamata Banerjee has requested the central government to extend a ban on domestic flights to the city to contain the spread of the coronavirus. (PTI)

Kolkata: The Union Civil Aviation Ministry has extended the suspension of domestic flights to Kolkata from six metro cities till the end of this month. This followed a fresh appeal by the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal, where there has been a huge spike in Covid-19 cases. 

On Friday evening, the Kolkata Airport tweeted, "The restriction on arriving flights to #KolkataAirport from 6 cities viz Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Nagpur & Ahmedabad has been extended up to 31st July."

 

On July 4 the civil aviation ministry had announced a ban on domestic flights to Kolkata from six particular metros. The ban was to be for two weeks, from July 6 till July 19.

Asof Saturday morning, Covid-19 has infected 38,011 persons in West Bengal and claimed 1,049 lives. In the 24 hours prior to Frinday night, 1,894 fresh cases were reported, the highest spike in a day since the epidemic entered the state. Since Thursday, 26 have died due of the disease, 12 of them being people from Kolkata.

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