In view of rising Covid cases in West Bengal, the state government has announced new restrictions to be implemented, including bringing down the frequency of flights coming from Delhi and Mumbai to twice a week. The flights from the two metros can land at Kolkata, Bagdogra and Durgapur. The two metro cities are currently recording a surge in Omicron cases.
Reviewing the sharp surge of cases in the past week and a positivity rate of over 12 per cent, the state government on Sunday issued fresh guidelines to curb the spread. The picture doesn&rsquot look good for flyers coming from Delhi and Mumbai whose travel has been restricted to Mondays and Fridays, owing to the highly transmissible variant active in these cities. The restriction will come into effect from Tuesday, January 5.
As per the previous announcement made by the State, all international tourists coming from non-risk countries would be subjected to a mandatory covid test. The airlines would randomly select 10 percent of the passengers for an RT-PCR test while the remaining 90 percent will undergo the Rapid Antigen Test on their arrival.
The new cases in the state stood at 6,153 on January 2, 2022.