India’s Ministry of Health and Welfare reports there are currently 1.9 million active cases of COVID-19 in the country
India banned international flights last month, but Canada is one of 13 nations exempted through an “air bridge” arrangement between the two governments.
When asked whether Canada was considering banning flights from India on Wednesday, federal minister of health Patty Hajdu said that the challenge with country-by-country approaches is that “COVID spreads in ways that we can see and ways that we can’t.”
On Friday, the U.K. government is to add India to its travel ban list. The ban is necessary to “protect the progress we’ve made in this country in tackling this awful disease,” Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons on Monday.