US asks its citizen to leave India as soon as possible amid COVID-19 situation

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New Delhi (NVI): Issuing a level four advisory, the US government has asked its citizen in India to leave the country as soon as possible due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation.

In its advisory, the government said, “Do not travel to India or leave as soon as it is safe to do so.”

The department added that there are 14 direct daily flights between India and the US as well as other services that connect through Europe.

The advisory came as India struggles to cope with a record number of coronavirus infections.

The country’s healthcare system is under the immense pressure, leading to shortage of medical oxygen, oxygen-related equipment, hospital beds and even drugs with multiple states flagging concerns about dwindling vaccine supply too.

India currently has 29,78,709 active cases, while the death toll has increased to 2,01,187, according to Health Ministry data.

As cases continue to rise, multiple countries have banned flights from India and put in place several added measures. France, Iran, UAE, Kuwait, Indonesia, US, UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada, Australia, among others, have banned flights from India.

Meanwhile, India is all set to open up its vaccination drive for all above 18 years from May 1.

The Centre opened up registration for the new additions on April 28.

According to the government, around 1.33 crore people registered themselves for vaccination yesterday.