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19 Air India staff have succumbed to Covid-19, other complications: Puri

Air India has been operating special international flights under the Vande Bharat Mission since May last year to help stranded people reach their destinations amid the coronavirus-related travel restr

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Air India | Hardeep Singh Puri

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Hardeep Singh Puri

A total of 1,995 personnel of have tested positive for till February 1 and its 19 ground staff have "succumbed due to COVID-19 and other complications", said Civil Aviation Minister said on Thursday.

"A total of 1995 personnel of Air India, including the crew deployed on Vande Bharat Mission tested positive for COVID-19 till February 2, 2021, out of which 583 personnel were hospitalized," Puri said in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.

"There have been no fatalities among the crew. However, 19 ground staff succumbed due to COVID -19 and other complications," he added.

has been operating special international flights under the Vande Bharat Mission since May last year to help stranded people reach their destinations amid the coronavirus-related travel restrictions.

"The COVID-19 test for the crew is undertaken as per Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by the medical department of Air India, which is based on the advisory/guidelines issued by the Government from time to time," Puri said.

"covers its crew for any medical emergencies (including COVID-19) on duty/layover," he added.

Scheduled international flights have been suspended in India since March 23, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, special international flights have been operating since May under the Vande Bharat Mission and since July under air bubble arrangements formed with various countries.

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First Published: Thu, February 11 2021. 21:51 IST
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