After Indian reported 20 COVID-19 positive cases with new COVID variant from the UK, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote a letter to all states of the country and directed them to maintain a strict vigil to curb “super spreader” events in the wake of New Year celebration. Health Ministry in its press release on Wednesday also recommended to the Civil Aviation Ministry to extend the suspension of UK flights to India till January 7, which it duly did. 

In its latest press release, the Ministry said that this recommendation has been made on the basis of inputs received from the Joint Monitoring Group (JMG) headed by Director General of Health Services (DGHS)  and the national task force jointly headed by DG, ICMR and member (Health), NITI Aayog.