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Saudi Arabia has banned flights to and from India from September 22nd amid a surge in coronavirus cases.

Saudi Arabia has banned flights to and from India from September 22nd amid a surge in coronavirus cases, according to official sources quoted by a news agency

Passengers with “official government invitations” excluded

In a circular issued Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) said it was “suspending travel to and from India, Brazil and Argentina including any person who has been in any of the mentioned countries in the last 14 days prior to their arrival to the Kingdom”. However, passengers with “official government invitations” are excluded.

Details of covid cases

With India recording 83,347 cases of the novel coronavirus in the 24 hours ending 9 am Wednesday, the total number of cases in the country crossed the 56 lakh mark to reach 5,646,011. Also, as many as 1,085 deaths during the same period took the toll to 90,020. The fatality rate is 1.60 per cent. At present, the country has 9,68,377 active cases and as many as 45,87,614 people have been treated and discharged.

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