THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Netherlands is banning passenger flights from India, where coronavirus infections are surging to record levels.
The government says the ban comes into force Monday evening and initially lasts until May 1. Flights carrying cargo and medical staff are exempt.
About seven flights a week arrive in the Netherlands from India.
India has set daily global records for new coronavirus infections, fueled by a new variant.
The Netherlands already has flight bans in place from South Africa and nations in South America.
The Netherlands also has pledged 1 million euros ($1.2 million) in aid to help India tackle the surge in infections.
Caretaker Minister for Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag said it is “heart breaking to see the consequences of corona in India.”