August 10: The government is likely to revert its decision to allow operation of air service and long-route vehicles from August 17 due to a surge in cases of coronavirus in the country.
A meeting of the Covid-19 Crisis Management Centre (CCMC) on Sunday decided to recommend the government to postpone the date for resuming public transportation service along long routes as well as domestic and international flights.
The CCMC meeting decided to urge the Council of Ministers to resume the services 15 days later than the date fixed earlier.
The cabinet had decided on July 20 to resume air service along with inter-district transportation and schools from August 17.
However, resuming air service and transportation have come under scrutiny due to the community level transmission of coronavirus, prompting more than 14 districts to issue prohibitory order.
Sunday’s meeting also concluded that the surge in coronavirus cases in the capital as well as other parts of the country could lead to a shortage of isolation wards and therefore instructed the concerned authorities to make preparations accordingly.
The meeting also decided to urge the government to adopt strict measures at the international border points of the country. CCMC has recommended the government to reduce the entry points along India border to 10.