Australia mulls ban on flights from India, may send emergency supplies: Report
Countries such as the UK, Hong Kong, Canada, Italy, and Singapore have already banned the entry of travellers from India, while the US and Germany have issued advisories.
April 26, 2021 / 01:06 PM IST
Australia might ban flights from India (Representational image)
The Australian government will consider banning flights from India and will likely send emergency medical supplies as a ferocious second wave of coronavirus shows no signs of abating.
The National Security Committee of Cabinet will on April 27 discuss temporarily halting all repatriation flights out of India, Australian daily The Sydney Morning Herald reported. Suspension of flights will impact Australians in India, including cricketers in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The second COVID-19 wave has seen India report record high cases day after day, triggering a shortage of hospital beds, medical oxygen and medicines. As many as 3,52,991 new cases were reported on April 26, the fifth consecutive day that daily infections stayed above three lakh.
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Australia will likely send oxygen, ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE) to India to help the country.
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Countries such as the UK, Hong Kong, Canada, Italy, and Singapore have already banned the entry of travellers from India, while the US and Germany have issued advisories. Maldives and Bangladesh, too, have barred travellers from India.
Many countries, such as the US, the UK, France and Pakistan have expressed support for India. The US said it will send raw materials for COVID-19 vaccines, medical equipment and PPE to India.
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