The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Saturday issued a strict warning to air-travellers as the country is witnessing a sharp spike in its daily cases of infection. On Saturday, India’s Covid-19 tally jumped to 11,333,728 after it added 24,882 cases in the span of 24 hours.
“Air passengers not adhering to the Covid-19 norms while flying on airlines will be de-boarded if they don’t wear masks properly inside the aircraft or don’t follow Covid-19 appropriate behaviour. If a passenger violates a protocol despite repeated warnings, then that passenger will be treated as ‘unruly passengers’,” the aviation regulatory body has announced.
DGCA also directed the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and other police personnel deployed at the entrance of the airport to stop anyone entering the airport without a face mask.”In case, any passenger is not following COVID-19 Protocol they should be handed over to security agencies after proper warnings. If required, they may be dealt as per law,” the regulator said in the offcial statement. “The adherence to directions shall be ensured by all concerned with immediate effect. Strict action shall be taken in case of any violation,” it added.
For the fourth time, India’s single-day cases have crossed the 20,000-mark in this year. The active cases also soared to 202,022, after a downward trend since January 20, as 4,785 new cases were added in the last 24 hours, comprising 1.74% of the total cases seen so far. The death toll stood at 158,446 after 140 fresh fatalities.