Two air passengers from the UK tested positive for COVID19 after their arrival at the Kolkata Airport.

The news was confirmed by health department officials on Tuesday.

A media report quoted officials as saying that a flight carrying 222 passengers from the UK landed at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport in Kolkata on Sunday night.

“Twenty-five passengers did not have COVID-19 reports with them. So they were taken to a nearby quarantine centre, and their coronavirus tests were conducted. Two tested positive,” the report quoted an official of the West Bengal Health and Family Welfare department as saying.

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India has suspended all flights to the UK following concern over the new strain of COVID19 that is supposed to be 70% more transmissible.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation in a statement said considering the prevailing situation in the UK, the Indian government decided to suspend all flights originating from the country to India till 11:59 pm on December 31.

Besides, air passengers coming from the UK till Tuesday midnight would be tested for COVID19 on arrival at airports “as a measure of abundant precaution”.

According to COVID19 protocols, all international passengers arriving in India will have to remain in isolation for seven days.

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