UPDATE: An earlier version of this story incorrect reported that Emirates was suspending all passenger service to India.
From Sunday, Emirates will suspend passenger service from India to Dubai for 10 days as Indian coronavirus cases continue their disturbing rise. The United Arab Emirates will also ban all passengers who have transited through India for two weeks.
Emirates Suspends India Service For 10 Days
COVID-19 cases are surging in India. Yesterday, India set a new world record in reporting 314,835 new cases. Fear is mounting that India’s health care system is collapsing under the weight of this burden and that beyond a lack of beds, oxygen is quickly running out.
Manish Sisodia, the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, remarked that “It might become difficult for hospitals here to save lives,” as six hospitals in the capital city have already run out of oxygen and other states are holding back supply for their own citizens.
Twitter is proving to be a valuable tool to get pleas for help out in the coronavirus crisis in India. People are turning to Twitter to crowdsource help for oxygen cylinders, hospital beds and other requirements. @adityakalra and @DevjyotGhoshal report https://t.co/d7sWBT5FyJ pic.twitter.com/l3QPfqGgyZ
— Reuters (@Reuters) April 21, 2021
It’s not just new cases: deaths are occurring so quickly that bodies are being cremated in parking lots. Despite being a global exporter of vaccines, less than 1% of Indians are vaccinated.
With that backdrop, Emirates is suspending passenger service on flights from India, though cargo flights will continue to operate. Flights from Dubai to India will operate normally. A note on its website explains the suspension goes into effect at the end of the week:
“Effective 24 April 2021 Saturday, 23:59 Local time Dubai and for the next 10 days, Emirates flights from India to the UAE will be suspended. Furthermore, passengers who have transited through India in the last 14 days will not be accepted to travel from any other point to the UAE.”
This is not the only flight suspension in place. A suspension on South African flights began in January and remains in effect (until at least May 30th).
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If your travel plans are impacted, you can contact Emirates to rebook or request a refund.
With cases rising quickly in India, Emirates is suspending passenger flights from India for at least 10 days. The United Kingdom has also added India to its red list, meaning travel between the two nations is currently prohibited. Sadly, the situation may become much worse.