US government tells citizens to leave India as Covid crisis escalates

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The US government told its citizens to leave India as soon as possible because of the country's escalating Covid-19 crisis. File photo.

The US government told its citizens to leave India as soon as possible because of the country’s escalating Covid-19 crisis. In a Level 4 travel advisory — the highest issued by the Department of State – the US government told its citizens “not to travel to India or to leave as soon as it is safe to do so.” There are 14 direct daily flights between India and the US. And the other services that connect through Europe, the department said.

Indian authorities and hospitals are struggling to cope with record Covid-19 infections and deaths. Official data on Wednesday showed 3,79,275 new infections in the prior 24 hours. Meanwhile, over 3,600 people lost their lives. Both these figures are a record for the country. India has the world’s fastest-growing caseload.

Australia earlier this week banned all flights from India to relieve pressure on the nation’s system. It was in view of mainly quarantining returned residents from overseas in inner-city hotels, after a jump in infections.

The U.K. has barred any visitor who’s been in India in the previous 10 days from entering. British and Irish nationals arriving in England from India must quarantine in a hotel.

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