India on lockdown: Are there flights from India to UK – Latest travel advice

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday the government would impose a nationwide lockdown from midnight for 21 days in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus. In a televised address to the nation Modi said: “There will be a total ban on venturing out of your homes.”

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India has so far reported 482 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and nine deaths.

Health researchers have warned more than a million people in India could be infected with the coronavirus by mid-May, which prompted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to shut down all air and train travel, businesses and schools.

Modi addressed the nation for a second time in a week on Tuesday on the risks to the country of 1.3 billion people.

Coronavirus emerged in China late last year and has spread to 194 countries.

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India has already stopped international flights and will domestic air services will stop at midnight in a bid to halt the spread.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.

They state: “Any country or area may restrict travel without notice.

“If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available.

India on lockdown: Police are enforcing the lockdown across India (Image: PA)

“Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.”

The FCO advise against all travel to:

the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than at WagahJammu and Kashmir, except for (i) travel within the city of Jammu, (ii) travel by air to the city of Jammu, and (iii) travel within the Union Territory of Ladakh

The tourist destinations of Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg, the city of Srinagar and the Jammu-Srinagar national highway are within the areas where the FCO advise against all travel.

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The FCO advise against all but essential travel to:

the state of Manipur, except the state capital Imphal and the Meiti Valley areas, which include Loktak Lake, Keibul Lamjao National Park and the Imphal War Cemetery.

Other forms of travel in India have also been suspended, and rail travel – a massively popular form of travel in India – stopped.

This is due to thousands of people, mostly migrant workers, crowding train stations to go home as businesses shut down and jobs ended.

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Following the lockdown news, Amazon.com Inc’s India unit on Tuesday said it will halt orders for non-essential products in India to prioritise customers’ critical needs.

The decision by the Seattle-based Amazon’s India unit follows a similar move to stop shipping non-essential products to consumers in Italy and France, countries hit hard by the virus outbreak.

Amazon India will prioritise the sale and delivery of household staples, packaged foods, healthcare, hygiene and personal safety products, the company said in a blog post.

The company said it was seeing a surge in demand for essential good and services, adding that it was giving customers the option to cancel undelivered orders for lower-priority products and get refunds.

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Around the world at the time of writing, there are 395,987 cases of coronavirus, of these 17,249 have died. 

In terms of active cases, there are 275,195, while 103,544 people have recovered from the virus. 

The worst-hit area is China where the disease originated in late December 2019, with 81,181 cases. 

However, the country with the highest death toll is Italy, with 6,077 deaths as of Tuesday afternoon.