COVID INDIA .. Major spike in infections on Tuesday; Indians to pay for airlifting from foreign countries

NEW DELHI: Indians stranded in various countries abroad will be brought back by air and by sea from May 7. Civil Aviation minister Hardeep Puri announced on Tuesday that those availing the air facility will pay the travel fare. They have to be in quarantine for two weeks after they land here, he said. 

“This is a commercial operation under special circumstances, and the government cannot afford to pay for all the flights that will take passengers back home,” the minister made it clear. However, the government had announced a day ago  that the migrant labour being transported by trains from state to state during the present lockdown period will not be charged. The railways will meet 85 per cent of the expenses and the respective state government which requisitioned the trains 15 per cent.
Meanwhile, Tuesday saw a sharp rise in covid cases in the country. As many as 3,900 cases were reported in the last 24 hours, while there were 195 deaths related to Covid. The total corona infections in India now stood at around 46,000. Total Covid-related deaths stood at 1568, joint secretary to health, Lav Agarwal said. — IHN-NN


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