Karnataka Suspends Flights From Five States, Citing Spike In Covid-19 Cases
The Karnataka government has decided to suspend flights from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, saying that a large number of people arriving from these states have tested positive for Covid-19.
The decision to stop flights from these states, which have high number of coronavirus cases, for the time being was taken at a cabinet meet, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister JC Madhuswamy said on Thursday.
"People are coming from other states to Karnataka.... We have decided to suspend air traffic from five states, as cases here (Karnataka) may further increase," he said.
He also said the existing ban on entry of people by road from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat into Karnataka would continue until further orders. Domestic air travel resumed only on Monday after nearly two months of Covid-19-induced lockdown.
As on Thursday, May 28, India had a total of 158,333 positive cases of coronavirus, and stay-at-home restrictions are slated to end on May 31.