Canberra: Australia has suspended flights from India as the country continues to grapple with the second wave of deadly coronavirus.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Tuesday that all flights from India to Australia will be suspended until May 15 at the earliest. He said that indirect flights through other cities were suspended by their governments, and repatriation flights run by the Australian government aimed at getting Australian residents and citizens stranded in the country home would resume as soon as possible.
"We don't think the answer is to just forsake those in India and just shut them off," Morrison told reporters after a meeting of the National Security Committee.
Marise Payne, the minister for foreign affairs, said that there had been an increase in the number of Australians in India registering to come home with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
"When I spoke to the High Commissioner this morning we touched on this challenge (of people wanting to return)," she said. "They are all over India, literally in every single corner of the country."
"That does make the process challenging but we will stay in touch with them and provide any support we are able to."
Australia will send ventilators, masks, goggles, gloves and face shields to India to help the country fight its record-breaking outbreak.
Meanwhile, India continues to report more than 3 lakh Covid cases for the sixth day in a row. The country logged a total of 3,23,144 Covid cases and 2,771 deaths in the last 24 hours, a decline trend from the Monday figure, according to the health ministry's data released on Tuesday.