Coronavirus: India airlifts 323 more citizens from China
India has evacuated 323 more Indians stranded in China.
India has airlifted 323 Indians stranded in China's coronavirus-hit Wuhan city. Seven Maldivian citizens were also evacuated from the city in the seonnd attempt to take people out of the viru-hit city. In total, 654 people have been evacuated from the city where coronavirus has killed around 304 people till now.
Air India's jumbo B747 made two flights to Wuhan city - the ground zero of the coronavirus epidemic that has killed 304 people and infected 14,380 others.
"The 2nd #AirIndia flight from #Wuhan has just taken off for #Delhi with 323 Indian citizens on board. 7 Maldives citizens are also being evacuated. Grateful once again to @MFA_China and local authorities all across #Hubei for their assistance," Indian Ambassador to China Vikram Misri tweeted.
The second flight from #Wuhan has just landed in #Delhi. We wish all those on board good health in the days ahead. Once again, thank you to #AirIndia, Team @MEAIndia and @MFA_China |@DrSJaishankar @PMOIndia— Vikram Misri (@VikramMisri) February 2, 2020
"Want to thank my team at @EOIBeijing which mounted a non-stop almost 96-hour long operation to coordinate a complex airlift under challenging circumstances for us, the passengers and local authorities in #Hubei and #Wuhan," he said in another tweet.
Want to thank my team at @EOIBeijing which mounted a non-stop almost 96-hour long operation to coordinate a complex airlift under challenging circumstances for us, the passengers and local authorities in #Hubei and #Wuhan— Vikram Misri (@VikramMisri) February 1, 2020
"A special word of appreciation for two of our officers who are on board the plane - Deepak Padmakumar and M Balakrishnan - they showed exemplary fortitude and a real spirit of public service by travelling to ground zero in #Wuhan to coordinate airport arrangements. Kudos to both," he tweeted.
Four Indians could not board the second flight after they reported high temperatures, Misri told PTI.
The first flight left early Saturday with 324 stranded Indians mostly students from Wuhan.
Officials said that six Indians could not board the first flight as they were stopped by the Chinese immigration officials after they reported high temperature.
The may be quarantined to undergo tests to determine whether they have symptoms of the coronavirus, officials said.
Twenty-five others stayed back on their accord, Misri said, adding that there may still be about 100 Indians who remained in Hubei province for which Wuhan is the provincial capital.
Ahead of the evacuation operation, the Indian Embassy had informed the Indians that they have to undergo health tests before the flight and undergo 14-day quarantine after reaching India in special camps.