Ban flights from UK: Kejriwal on new coronavirus strain

Arvind Kejriwal urges Centre to ban flights from UK amid new coronavirus strain fears

The Union Health Ministry has called an urgent meeting of its Joint Monitoring Group on Monday to discuss the emergence of the new strain in the UK

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Credit: PTI Photo

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday demanded that the Centre ban all flights from the UK immediately in view of the emergence of a mutated variant of the coronavirus there.

The Union Health Ministry has called an urgent meeting of its Joint Monitoring Group on Monday to discuss the emergence of the new strain in the UK, which has led to a surge in the infection rate there.

"New mutation of coronavirus has emerged in the UK, which is a super-spreader. I urge central govt to ban all flights from the UK immediately," CM Arvind Kejriwal said in a tweet. 

A number of European countries have banned flights from the UK as the British government warned that the potent new strain of the virus was "out of control" and imposed a stringent new stay-at-home lockdown from Sunday.