Calls grow to ban flights from India as it suffers 350,000 new infections

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Calls grow to ban flights from India as it suffers 350,000 new infections: Prime Minister will decide today whether to shut the border

Scott Morrison will decide today whether to ban flights from India as the nation suffers a record 352,991 Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours.

Cabinet’s national security committee will meet on Tuesday to discuss sending aid such as oxygen tanks and potentially banning flights altogether.

Last week Mr Morrison cut the number of flights from India by 30 per cent after the virus leaked into the community from a traveller from India in hotel quarantine in Perth.

Scott Morrison will decide today whether to ban flights from India (pictured) as the nation suffers a record 352,991 Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours

Scott Morrison will decide today whether to ban flights from India (pictured) as the nation suffers a record 352,991 Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours

Poll

Should Australia suspend ALL flights from India?

  • Yes 767 votes
  • No 32 votes
  • Undecided 18 votes

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk wrote to Mr Morrison last Friday demanding that flights be halted.

‘We’re due to have a direct flight in the next week or so coming in to Brisbane. It’s a high-risk proposition,’ she said on Tuesday morning. 

‘Other countries have done the suspension. And I know that the federal government is considering it today. And I would welcome any response that they have to do that.’ 

India has broken the daily record for Covid cases for the fifth day in a row.

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