Indian nationals on special Air India flight. (Image Courtesy: ANI)

A special Air India flight carrying 119 Indians and five people from Sri Lanka, Nepal, South Africa and Peru, who were on board the coronavirus-hit quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess, landed in New Delhi today.

Taking to Twitter, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said, “Air India flight has just landed in Delhi from Tokyo, carrying 119 Indians & 5 nationals from Sri Lanka, Nepal, South Africa&Peru who were quarantined onboard the #DiamondPrincess due to #COVID19. Appreciate the facilitation of Japanese authorities.Thank you @airindiain once again.”

Foreign Minister also thanked Japanese authorities for facilitating the evacuation of people.

Out of 138 Indian nationals originally on-board the Diamond Princess, 16 Indian crew members have tested positive for coronavirus and are receiving medical treatment at onshore medical facilities in Japan, the Ministry of External Affairs has said.

The Indian Embassy in Tokyo is in contact with these infected individuals and is continuously following-up on their recovery.

Diamond Princess was put under quarantine by Government of Japan on 5th February for 14 days until 19th February, as one of the passengers who had left the ship had tested positive for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, an Indian Air Force aircraft on Thursday evacuated 76 Indians and 36 foreign nationals from the coronavirus-hit Chinese city of Wuhan. The C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft was sent to Wuhan on Wednesday and it carried 15 tonnes of medical supplies comprising masks, gloves and other emergency medical equipment for coronavirus-affected people in China.

This assistance has been provided in the wake the Coronavirus (Covid19) outbreak in China and the request by China to provide supplies such as masks and medical equipment.

Taking to Twitter, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said,” Consignment (15 tonnes) of Indian medical relief for #COVID19 lands in Wuhan. Strong expression of our solidarity with the Chinese people at this difficult time. Thank you @IAF_MCC and @EOIBeijing for your efforts.”

A total of three flights have been organised including the one today. Earlier two flights were on 31 January and 1 February.

In all 723 Indian nationals and 43 Foreign nationals have been evacuated from Wuhan, China in these three flights.

As of Wednesday, the death toll in mainland China has climbed to 2,715 with 52 new fatalities confirmed and the cases have climbed to 78,064.


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