Chaos at Indian airports as country resumes domestic air travel May 26, 2020 0 507 12345 DPANew DelhiIndia resumed domestic flights on Monday, two months after a coronavirus lockdown was imposed, but confusion and chaos prevailed at major airports as large numbers of flights were cancelled.Air services were suspended in late March when India went into a lockdown to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, bringing the domestic aviation sector to the brink of collapse.More than 80 flights to and from the capital New Delhi were cancelled on Monday, airport authorities said, with irate passengers complaining of not being informed until the last minute.Similar scenes were taking place at airports in Mumbai and Chennai, with many passengers sitting outside after their flights were cancelled, domestic news channels showed.The cancellations were a result of confusion as each state made its own set of rules on easing restrictions, including capping the number of flights to address concerns about infections being imported from other cities.States also had different rules on the duration of quarantine for arriving passengers, in some places as long as 28 days.“We travelled (all) night to catch a flight from the Delhi airport but we are now told our flight is cancelled. We got no notifications from our airlines,” a passenger at told a domestic news channel.Passengers were also stranded at airports in southern cities of Bengaluru and Thiruvananthapuram after flights were cancelled, broadcaster NDTV reported.Eastern India’s main airport in Kolkata was not yet operational. West Bengal, the state in which the city is located, was battered by Cyclone Amphan last week and repair works are under way.The Indian government devised a protocol including physical distancing, no-contact check-in at airports, thermal screening and use of a mandatory COVID-19 tracking app.But a plan to keep the middle seat vacant on planes in accordance with physical distancing was dropped to cap ticket prices.The Supreme Court on Monday directed international flights repatriating Indian nationals to have the middle seat vacant from June 7 to prevent infections. It was not clear whether this would apply to domestic flights.India registered 6,977 new patients in the last 24 hours, taking the total to over 138,000 cases, overtaking Iran. 4,021 deaths linked with COVID-19 have been confirmed. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Hong Kong police embrace China’s security law plan May 26, 2020 0 620 Japan lifts coronavirus state of emergency six days early May 26, 2020 0 35 Pak considers reinforcing lockdown after spike in infections May 26, 2020 0 54 Govt inquiry warns Australia bushfires not a ‘one-off event’ AFP Sydney An inquiry into Australia’s recent bushfires that scorched an area larger than most nations and displaced thousands opened Monday, with a stark warning that such disasters would become longer and more .. 15,000 Rohingya under coronavirus quarantine as cases hit 29 AFP Dhaka Some 15,000 Rohingya refugees are now under coronavirus quarantine in Bangladesh’s vast camps, officials said Monday, as the number of confirmed infections rose to 29. Health experts have long warned that the .. Mongolia to maintain strict virus regulations ‘until vaccine found’ AFP Ulaanbaatar Mongolia will maintain strict coronavirus regulations until a vaccine is found, the prime minister said Monday, raising the prospect of the country being locked down for months to come. Wedged between .. Kyrgyzstan resumes public transport as mass quarantine lifted Moscow The Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan was to resume public transport on Monday as the country gradually lifts mass quarantine measures to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. A former Soviet republic that .. Thailand enters global race for vaccine with trials on monkeys Saraburi Thailand is conducting tests on macaque monkeys as it races to produce a cheaper, alternative coronavirus vaccine it hopes will be ready by 2021, a top researcher said Monday. More than 100 candidate vaccines .. Two children killed in mortar attack in southern Philippines DPA Manila Two children were killed and four were wounded when a mortar shell hit their house in the southern Philipines, as the country’s Muslim minority marked the end of the holy month of Ramadan, police said Monday. The ..