Highlights

  • Rise in covid cases raise concerns
  • Airlines directed to ensure adherence to protocol
  • Passengers need to wear mask throught the flight

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Rise in Covid cases: Aviation regulator stresses on strict implementation of guidelines

Covid-19 positivity rate has touched the 20% mark, setting off the authorities to issue fresh appeals and instructions. 

Aviation regulator DGCA on Wednesday asked all Indian carriers to strictly enforce COVID-19 protocol, including mask mandate for passengers, in aircraft amid a rise in infections across the country.

In a statement, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said it will be conducting "random checks" in aircraft across the country to see if the COVID-19 protocol is being enforced or not.

Airlines have to ensure that passengers are wearing face masks properly throughout the journey and there is proper sensitisation of passengers through various platforms, it mentioned.

"In case a passenger does not comply with the directions, strict action will be taken by airlines against the passenger," it added.

In view of the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, the airlines have been advised again on August 16 to strictly comply with COVID-19 protocol inside the aircraft, it mentioned.

Also watch: Delhi Lieutenant Governor urges caution, Covid positivity rate almost 20%

India on Wednesday recorded 9,062 fresh COVID-19 infections that took its tally to 4,42,86,256, while the number of active cases came down to 1,05,058, according to Union Health Ministry data.

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