• Abhi Sharma

Limited domestic flights to resume initially; only web check-in allowed


Coronavirus (Covid-19) Tracker India News Live Updates: With 5,609 cases in the last 24 hours, India’s tally of coronavirus infections Thursday rose to 1,12,359, including 3,435 deaths. There are 63,624 active cases, while 45,300 have been discharged.

Coronavirus India News Live Updates: The Civil Aviation Ministry Thursday said that only one-third flight services will be resumed on May 25 and passengers with only web check-in will be allowed to travel. Only one baggage will be allowed for check-in and no in-flight meal services will be allowed as per the guidelines. The Airports Authority of India issued standard operating procedures (SOPs) for recommencement of a domestic flight, making the use of the Aarogya Setu app mandatory for those above 14 years. There will be sanitization of baggage before entering the airport and strict social distancing measures will be in place.

With 5,609 cases in the last 24 hours, India’s tally of coronavirus infections Thursday rose to 1,12,359, including 3,435 deaths. There are 63,624 active cases, while 45,300 have been discharged. India has the 11th highest cases across the world. Maharashtra continues to be the worst-affected state in the country. Apart from the infection, West Bengal and Odisha are now also fighting the super cyclone Amphan — which has killed 10 in Bengal and has been called ‘bigger than COVID’ by CM Mamata Banerjee.

Globally, more than 5 million people have been infected with the virus, while 3,25,810 have died, news agency Reuters reported. As scientists across the world work frantically to find a vaccine against COVID-19, all eyes are on US-based company Moderna’s encouraging early results on a small group of healthy volunteers. Despite the continued increase in cases, many countries are opening schools and workplaces following weeks of lockdown that have stemmed from the spread.

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