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DGCA extends suspension of international flights till 14 April

India had last week banned commercial international airlines to operate to India for a week from 22 March, following an effort to curb the outspread of Covid-19

Indian aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has extended the suspension of international flights to and from India to 14 April, the watchdog said in a statement on Thursday.

India had last week banned commercial international airlines to operate to India for a week from 22 March, following an effort to curb the outspread of Covid-19, which has already seen the country temporarily ban foreigners from entering it.

"....It has been decided that all international commercial passenger services shall remain closed till 18.30 hrs GMT of 14 April 2020," the DGCA statement added.

As things stand, India has temporarily banned the entry of foreigners into the country till 15 April in a bid to contain the spread of Covid-19 epidemic which have claimed several thousands of lives worldwide.

Globally, over 22,169 people have died due to Covid-19, while the number of those infected crossed 463,751 cases, according to the latest data by Johns Hopkins University. Many governments, including the US have restricted the entry of foreigners as a precautionary measure to contain the virus.

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