Along with several other countries, India is also ready to bring back Indian citizens from Wuhan after the outbreak of deadly coronavirus. An Air India plane is all set to bring the citizens back, however, it has been kept on stand-by as the confirmation is still awaited from Beijing.
After a meeting chaired by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba which reviewed India’s preparedness to deal with the virus amid mounting global concern over the increasing number of cases in China and several other countries, a statement was released on Monday.
“It was decided that steps may be taken to prepare for the possible evacuation of Indian nationals in Wuhan. Accordingly, the Ministry of External Affairs will make a request to the Chinese authorities,” a government statement said.
With the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in China surpassing 4,500, the majority of them in the Hubei province concerns about the well-being of foreign nationals stranded in Wuhan, the city at the heart of the deadly outbreak, have been mounting.
Air India has kept a special-purpose flight ready for departure.
“We are in a state of preparedness. Our crew, medical teams, and supplies are ready for the flight. But Wuhan is in a state of lockdown and services there are hit,” the airline said.
“The 423-seater double-decker jumbo aircraft will bring back, among others, students stranded in Wuhan,” the company’s spokesperson said at the time, referring to an estimated 250 Indians, majority of the medical students, who are now stuck in the city.