Karnataka Wants to Block Flights From Five States Amid Coronavirus

The BS Yediyurappa Cabinet on Thursday decided to ask the Civil Aviation Ministry to "reduce" the number of flights flying into the state of Karnataka from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan amid high numbers of COVID-19 cases in these states.

While briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting, Law Minister JC Madhuswamy stated that it was decided to "restrict" air travel from these states. Later, the government clarified that it was not a "ban", but a "request" to the Civil Aviation Ministry to reduce the number of flights.

The Cabinet also decided to carry on with the restriction on road travel from Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu until further orders.

The government will also push for restriction of train services, especially from Maharashtra. "Those coming from Maharashtra by road, rail or air, we have decided that we must restrict them for some days. That's because most of our COVID-19 positive cases are from Maharashtra," Madhuswamy stated. A further decision on prohibiting trains from other states with high caseload will be taken in the coming days.