Iraq bans flights to India due to spike in Covid-19 cases
An Iraqi Airways plane lands at Baghdad International airport January 27. Image for illustrative purposes. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI – Iraqi Airways on Tuesday (April 27) suspended flights to and from India to cope with the rapid increase in coronavirus cases.
The ban takes place with immediate effect and will remain in place until further notice, the state Iraqi News Agency reported citing the ministry of transportation.
“The suspension of all direct flights to and from India is due to the seriousness of the epidemic situation and the reduction of the transmission of the virus infection to Iraq,” the statement reads.
“Any new developments are issued, you will be notified through the official website of the ministry and Iraqi Airways."
A possible new variant of the coronavirus keeps new infections at record levels in India as the country is struggling to deal with the shortage of oxygen.
The world’s highest number of new coronavirus infections was recorded in India for the fourth straight day on Sunday (April 25).
On Monday (April 26) India logged around 350,000 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of the infected to 16.9 million. Recently, the Health Ministry reported another 2,767 deaths in a 24-hour period.
There has been a spike in the COVID-19 infections in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region following the emergence of the new coronavirus variants.
On Tuesday (April 27), Iraq’s health ministry recorded 7,152 cases, 7,312 recoveries and 33 deaths.
Overall, Iraq has logged 1,045,010 cases, 920,523 recoveries and 15,348 deaths since the pandemic began in the country in March last year.