Live Updates: Domestic Flights Begin Today, Maharashtra Crosses 50,000

Live Updates: Domestic Flights Begin Today, Maharashtra Crosses 50,000

Coronavirus India Live Update: Government has asked all passengers to download Aarogya Setu appNew Delhi: India has registered 6,977 cases of novel coronavirus in 24 hours, the Health Ministry data showed. 154 people have died of COVID-19 illness during the period, it said. This is for the fourth consecutive day that the number of infection have risen past 6,000-mark. With the new cases, the total number of cases stand at 1,38, 845, making India among top 10 countries affected the most by the virus.Despite the spike in virus cases, the government has opened Indian skies for domestic passenger services from today. Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Hardeep Singh Puri, on Sunday announced that following a "long day of hard negotiations", domestic flights will recommence across the country, after nearly two months. The government announced a series of dos and don'ts that would begin with social distancing at the airport and no-contact check-in. Ahead of the journey, the government has asked all passengers to download the Aarogya Setu application on their mobile devices and states to ensure thermal screening. Passengers have also been asked to reach the airport two hours before departure and maintain social distancing.The centre has allowed states to develop their own isolation and quarantine protocols.Maharashtra remains the worst affected state in the country with over 50,000 cases and 1,600 deaths, government data said. It is followed by Tamil Nadu, which has reported 16,000 cases and 111 COVID-19-related deaths. Here are the Live Updates on Coronavirus Outbreak:May 25, 2020 09:43 (IST)Tamil Nadu: The first flight from Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport since resumption of domestic flight operations, lands at Chennai airport.The number of incoming passenger commercial flights to Chennai is restricted to 25 per day. pic.twitter.com/hyBmWawI1a- ANI (ANI) May 25, 2020May 25, 2020 09:25 (IST) JUST IN: 6,977 cases in India in 24 hours, biggest spike recorded for the fourth consecutive day, 1.38 lakh total casesMay 25, 2020 09:04 (IST)Coronavirus Updates: First Spanish Beaches To Reopen As Lockdown EasesCoronavirus lockdown measures will finally be eased for people in Madrid and Barcelona from Monday, while elsewhere in Spain the first beaches are due to reopen.Residents in the two cities can now meet in groups of up to 10 people in their homes or on the terraces of bars and restaurants.The gates of the capital's parks will also be reopened, and major museums will be able to receive a limited number of visitors.May 25, 2020 08:58 (IST)COVID-19 Test Mandatory For Passengers Landing At Chandigarh AirportAll inbound air travellers of Punjab landing at Chandigarh airport shall be mandatorily tested for COVID-19 upon arrival, said Mohali District Magistrate (DM) Girish Dayalan.This comes as domestic flight operations resumed across the country from Monday except in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal after two months of suspension due to coronavirus-induced lockdown."All such persons shall be required to undergo mandatory home quarantine for a period of 14 days from the date of arrival. In case the test comes out to be positive, the person shall be lifted to an isolation facility. If tested positive, they will be shifted to an isolation facility. If negative, they shall still observe home quarantine for 14 days," Mr Dayalan said.May 25, 2020 08:36 (IST)Thermal Checks, Flight Crew In PPE Suits As India Flies AgainAir travel has resumed across the country, two months after the lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, bringing relief to the aviation sector that was on the brink of collapse. The details were finalized after what Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri said was "a long day of hard negotiations" with various state governments, which were not on board with the idea. Read moreMay 25, 2020 08:28 (IST)''Work Comes First'': Flight Attendants Back To Duty As Domestic Air Services ResumeFlight attendants on early Monday morning arrived at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport, Terminal-3, as domestic flight operations resumed from today."We are a little worried but work comes first. We will get Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits from the airline," Amandeep Kaur, a flight attendant, told ANI."We are a little worried, but work comes first": Flight attendants back to duty as domestic air services resume across the country. (Photos: ANI)#Lockdown4#COVID19Pandemic#DomesticFlightspic.twitter.com/w8ofrXJISs- NDTV (ndtv) May 25, 2020May 25, 2020 08:15 (IST)Coronavirus Updates: Students, Migrants Take The First Flight Home After Being Grounded For Weeks Due To LockdownAs India resumed domestic passenger flights in a graded manner on Monday, hundreds of people reached the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi to take early morning flights to their hometowns and workplaces.Flight operations remained shut for two months owing to the nationwide lockdown necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic.Food & beverage (F&B) and retail outlets open at Terminal 3 of Delhi's Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport as domestic flight operations have resumed from today. (Photos: ANI) pic.twitter.com/KneAWmRgae- NDTV (ndtv) May 25, 2020May 25, 2020 08:03 (IST)Coronavirus News: Bengaluru Airport Introduces ''Contactless Journey'' To Contain COVID-19The Bengaluru airport management is introducing a unique feature of parking-to-boarding contactless journey for the passengers as the domestic flight resumes from today, PTI reported.In order to contain coronavirus transmission among passengers and staff, the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) introduced the new feature of the contactless journey right from pre-entry check to security check and boarding.May 25, 2020 07:52 (IST)What States Said About Quarantine, As Domestic Flights ResumeDomestic flight operations will resume Monday morning, two months after a nationwide lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to break the coronavirus chain of transmission. Ahead of air travel being restarted - a development Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, among others, voiced concerns about - states have issued guidelines over quarantine and isolation of incoming passengers. Read moreMay 25, 2020 07:37 (IST)Maharashtra To Allow 25 Flights To Mumbai From Today, Says MinisterMaharashtra, which has been unwilling to reopen its airports for passenger flights, made a U-turn today, deciding to allow 25 flights to and from Mumbai today. The fresh decision was announced by state minister Nawab Malik barely a couple of hours after Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray indicated that the state was not ready for such a move yet. Read hereMay 25, 2020 07:35 (IST)Maharashtra Considering Staggered Opening After May 31: Aaditya ThackerayMaharashtra- the worst coronavirus-hit state- might ease restrictions in high-risk zones in a staggered manner from May 31, when lockdown 4 ends, state minister Aaditya Thackeray said on Sunday, warning against what he called "knee-jerk opening". Read moreMay 25, 2020 07:32 (IST)What Sunday's "Complete Lockdown" Looked Like In BengaluruThe city of Bengaluru, on Sunday, looked the way it did at the start of the lockdown two months ago - public transport was off the streets, only essential services were available and people were told to stay at home unless there were very good reasons to be out. Read moreMay 25, 2020 07:30 (IST)India Set To Fly Today After "Long Day Of Negotiations"Air travel is set to resume across the country today, two months after the lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, bringing relief to the aviation sector that was on the brink of collapse. Read moreMay 25, 2020 07:28 (IST)Air travel is set to resume across the country today, two months after the lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, bringing relief to the aviation sector that was on the brink of collapse. The details were finalized after what Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri said was "a long day of hard negotiations" with various state governments, which were not on board with the idea. With the number of coronavirus cases touching 1.3 lakh, the government announced a series of dos and don'ts that would begin with social distancing at the airport and no-contact check in. The Centre has not insisted on any quarantine either, with Mr Puri saying it would not be necessary in "short-haul" flights. Various states, however, are insisting on varying degrees of quarantine creating huge confusion among travellers. The aviation minister has indicated that international flights could begin in June.