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NEW DELHI : The ministry of home affairs (MHA) on Sunday said a decision on resuming scheduled international passenger flights will be reviewed in line with the evolving global scenario amid the emergence of a new, more virulent strain of coronavirus.

This follows the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announcing on Friday that airlines can resume scheduled overseas flights from 15 December with graded restrictions. India had suspended international flights from 23 March 2020. The suspension, extended periodically, currently stands enforced till 30 November. The DGCA’s anno-uncement on Friday came as countries globally rushed to take precautionary measures after scientists said they had found a highly contagious, possibly vaccine-resistant coronavirus variant in South Africa.

“Following high level review by the Prime Minister on new covid variant of concern ‘Omicron’, urgent meeting was chaired by Home Secretary today (Sunday) at 11.30 am," the home ministry spokesperson said on Twitter.

“Various preventive measures in place and to be further strengthened were discussed," the spokesperson said. “Genomic surveillance for variants to be further strengthened and intensified. Airport health officials and port health officials to be sensitized for strict supervision of testing protocol at airports/ ports," he added.

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