Stop flights to Singapore: Arvind Kejriwal urges Centre over new strain

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Screengrav from a video tweeted by@ArvindKejriwal
Screengrav from a video tweeted by@ArvindKejriwal

New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has asked Centre to stop flight operations from Singapore as the nation has detected a new strain that is proving dangerous for kids. He said that this could lead to third wave of coronavirus in India.

"The new form of Corona that came to Singapore is said to be extremely dangerous for children, in India it may come as a third wave. My appeal to the central government: 1. Air services with Singapore to be cancelled with immediate effect 2. Vaccine options should be worked out for children too," Mr Kejriwal said in a Hindi tweet.

On Tuesday evening, Singapore High Commission dismissed CM Arvind Kejriwal's claims.

Delhi CM's tweet comes at a time when several experts have claimed that third wave of coronavirus is set to overwhelm India and it will mainly affect children. The first wave has affected the elderly the most, and the younger people have been infected in the second wave, the experts reasoned.

"There is a possibility that the third wave virus will predominantly target the children, mainly because adults are either infected or immunised," cardiac surgeon and chief of Narayana Health, Dr Devi Shetty has told NDTV.

The bigger concern is that there is no coronavirus vaccine for kids yet. Also, there is no approved treatment of coronavirus for kids.

On May 13, India gave clearance for Covaxin trials on children aged between two years and 18 years.