China bans 487 inbound flights amid rising Covid-19 cases

BEIJING: Chinese aviation authorities confirmed that  China has so far cancelled 487 inbound flights due to concerns over the spread of Covid-19.

To tackle the risks of imported Covid-19 cases, the Civil Aviation Administration of China has urged all airlines to ensure that they check health codes, set up emergency isolation areas on planes and limit passenger capacity for international passenger flights, according to Han.

As per reports, China's air routes currently remain open with 52 countries, and over the past four weeks, it has handled 2,080 inbound flights each week, including 223 passenger flights.

For international cargo flights, airlines must strengthen aircraft disinfection, and introduce special delivery process for high-risk cargoes, Han said.

In addition, China has also decided to cancel all climbing activities on Mount Everest amid fears of possible imported Covid-19 cases, according to an official statement.

Two climbers, one from Switzerland and another from the US, died on the mountain on Wednesday, the Nepalese side confirmed, adding that neither death was related to Covid-19.

CIWEC Hospital, a Kathmandu-based facility dedicated to the treatment of mountaineers, had several mountaineers airlifted from the base camp of Mt. Everest three weeks ago after they developed symptoms of the disease.

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