UAE bars citizens from travelling
to India, Pakistan, other countries

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ABUDHABI: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has banned its citizens from traveling to several countries including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
This comes after the UAE last month extended the travel ban on passengers from 14 countries until July 21 in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Foreign Ministry and the National Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Authority stated that, with the start of the travel season, citizens need to comply with all precautionary and preventive measures related to Covid-19, The Express Tribune reported.

In a notice issued to Airmen (NOTAM), UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority, said flights from 14 countries, includes Liberia, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic Of Congo, Uganda, Zambia, Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and South Africa, will remain suspended until 23:59 hours of July 21, 2021.
However, cargo flights, as well as business and charter flights, would be exempted from the restrictions.
The UAE authorities also instructed UAE citizens to adhere to self-isolation should they get Covid-19 positive during their travel, and to ensure compliance with all instructions, requirements and health protocols applied by their host countries.
Meanwhile, infected Emiratis will be allowed to return to the UAE after getting the necessary approvals from the relevant authorities in the host country as well as the competent health departments in the UAE.

Reporting from India

India recorded 46,617 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours and the daily positivity rate is at 2.48 per cent, the Union Health Ministry informed on Friday.
Less than 50,000 daily new cases have been reported for five consecutive days, said the ministry. The weekly positivity rate is 2.57 per cent, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 97.01 per cent.
The active cases further declined to 5,09,637 and constitute 1.67 per cent of the total cases.
With the fresh cases, the country’s tally of cases has climbed to 3,04,58,251, as per Union Health Ministry.
The COVID-19 death toll climbed to 4,00,312 with 853 fresh fatalities in the last 24 hours.
The recoveries continue to outnumber daily new cases for the 50th consecutive day. India witnessed 59,384 recoveries in the last 24 hours, taking the recovery tally to 2,95,48,302.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 41,42,51,520 samples were tested for COVID-19 up to July 1, 2021, of these, 18,80,026 samples were tested yesterday.
The Union Health Ministry has informed that the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered under the nationwide vaccination drive has reached 34,00,76,232. (ANI)