The government is fully alert about the new strain of coronavirus reported in the United Kingdom, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said today, stressing that “there’s no need to panic”. Canada, Saudi Arabia, and several European countries have already banned flights from the UK over the new virus strain, believed to be 70 per cent more infectious.
“The government is fully alert. In the last one year, as you all have seen, we took all necessary measures to ensure the safety of people. We’re aware of what all needs to be done. If you ask me, there’s no reason to panic,” the Health Minister said this afternoon.
His remarks came shortly after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged the government to ban all flights from the UK. “New mutation of corona virus has emerged in UK, which is a super-spreader. I urge central govt to ban all flights from UK immediately,” Mr Kejriwal tweeted.
On Sunday, British Health Secretary Matt had said “the new variant is out of control”.