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New Delhi: Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, on Tuesday, urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to "immediately" stop flights from countries affected by the new variant of COVID-19 - Omicron. In a tweet, the Chief Minister asked the Prime Minister why India is delaying in restricting flights when several other countries have already banned them.
"Many countries have stopped incoming flights from Omicron-affected nations. Why are we delaying? Even during the first wave of COVID-19, India delayed in stopping international flights. Most international flights come to Delhi. The national capital is most affected. Mr. Prime Minister please immediately stop international flight," Kejriwal wrote in a tweet in Hindi.
This is Delhi Chief Minister's second request in two days to the Prime Minister. Kejriwal request today came after a South Africa returnee tested positive for coronavirus in Chandigarh. One of the family members and domestic help of the patient have also being infected with the disease. The samples have been sent for whole-genome sequencing to NCDC, Delhi to ascertain the variant of COVID-19.
On Sunday (November 28), Kejriwal wrote to PM Modi urging him to stop flights from countries affected by Omicron.
He said, "Any delay in this regard may prove harmful, of any affected person enters India."
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will also hold a meeting today with the concerned officials to review the preparedness of Delhi in the wake of new COVID-19 variant.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government has designated Lok Nayak Hospital as the dedicated hospital which will treat the patients detected with a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 - Omicron.
Delhi on Monday reported 34 new COVID-19 cases. The national capital currently has 285 active cases of coronavirus.