Covid-19: Empowered group led by Amitabh Kant discusses way forward with industry leaders, UN officials

NEW DELHI: Captains of the aviation industry presented their business resumption plans on Monday and discussed the contemporary challenges facing the sector due to Covid-19 with the empowered group led by Amitabh Kant and civil aviation secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola .

Kant, who heads the empowered group to coordinate with private sector NGOs and international organizations, also interacted with the resident coordinator and country heads of Unicef The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and discussed the way forward to prepare for a new socio-economic normality.

As the economy opens up even further with closure relaxations, contact tracing and the intensity of testing in the containment zones will be key, Niti CEO Aayog said during Group 6-powered interaction with officials from the WHO and the UN.

Captains of the aviation industry presented their business resumption plans, contemporary challenges, and discussed Covid's management protocols necessary for the safe movement of passengers in the future, to Empowered Group 6, led by CEO @ amitabhk87 and the Secretary @MoCA_GoI, said the Aayog in a tweet

Like other countries, India resorted to a national blockade across the country on March 25, with stringent measures to limit the movement of people to curb the spread in the country. With three phases of closure, the government extended the restrictions on Sunday, albeit with some more relaxations, for two more weeks until May 31.

According to the Covid-19 case trend, Niti Aayog CEO Kant tweeted: Maharashtra now represents 33% of total cases in India with Mumbai primarily fueling growth. Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, Thane and Nashik represent 28% of all cases in India. The state must focus on these 5 districts, including strict containment within the containment zones.

Covid-19's national case count crossed a lakh and the death toll surpassed the 3,000 mark on Monday.