Delhi CM urges PM Modi to stop flights coming from Omicron hit countries


In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged him to immediately stop flights from the countries which are affected by the new Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Sharing the letter to the PM, Kejriwal said on Twitter, “I have requested Hon’ble PM to immediately stop flights from those countries which are affected by the new variant. Any delay could be very harmful.”

In the letter, the chief minister said, “Our country has fought a tough fight against Corona for the last one and half years. With great difficulty and due to the selfless service of millions of our COVID warriors, our country has recovered from corona.”

“We should do everything possible to prevent the new variant of concern, recently recognised by WHO, from entering India. A number of countries, including the European Union, have suspended travel to the affected regions. I urge you to stop flights from these regions with immediate effect. Any delay in this regard may prove harmful, if any affected person enters India,” Kejriwal said.

The letter was dated November 28.

The new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529 was first detected in South Africa and was designated as a Variant of Concern by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on November 26. The new variant is named Omicron