Covid19 – Germany limits passenger flights from India

Covid19 - Germany limits passenger flights from India

Covid19 – Germany limits passenger flights from India

Germany has announced temporary limitations on the passenger traffic with India as the country is witnessing a record rise in coronavirus infections amid the second wave. “In order not to jeopardise our vaccination campaign, we need to significantly limit our passenger traffic with India,” German Health Minister Jens Spahn, as quoted by Sputnik.

Countries have been on high alert for the new ‘double mutant’ variant, known as B.1.617, with several having already suspended flights from India.

The World Health Organisation has so far only listed the variant as a ‘variant of interest’,  but there is concern that vaccines may protect less effectively against this variant because of the two mutations in key areas of the virus’ spike protein.

The United Kingdom on Friday added India to its travel “red list.” On Thursday, Canada also announced a ban on all flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days.