Coronavirus outbreak: Air India flight evacuating 324 Indians from China’s Wuhan lands in Delhi

Passengers on board the flight leaving Wuhan on February 1, 2020. Photo: Special arrangement

Passengers on board the flight leaving Wuhan on February 1, 2020. Photo: Special arrangement  

The first Air India flight evacuating 324 Indian nationals from coronavirus-hit Wuhan, China landed in Delhi on February 1. The plane reached Delhi around 7.30 a.m.

The Health Ministry said that 220 Indian incoming citizens from Wuhan, China are in the Army facility at Manesar and 104 are in ITBP facility at Chawla Camp.

Even though only asymptomatic Indian have been flown back, they will be housed in the quarantine facility in Haryana’s Manesar set up by the Indian Army.

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Indian embassy, Beijing noted: “We look forward to operating another flight to evacuate remaining Indian nationals, who have consented to leave Hubei Province for the time being.”

The second flight will depart to Wuhan from Delhi at 12.50 p.m. on February 1 with a different set of crew and the same team of doctors in other aircraft. The rescue team is again headed by Capt. Amitabh Singh, Director Operation, said an Air India spokesperson.

“The incoming Indian passengers will be quarantined for 14 days at the two Quarantine Centres set-up at Manesar (managed by Armed Forces Medical Services) and Chawla Camp (managed by Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)). All proposed male passengers (approx. 280) are proposed to be sent to Manesar Camp and families/females (approx. 90) can be housed in the ITBP camp,” the health ministry had said.

The flight had departed from Delhi airport at 1.17 p.m. on Friday to evacuate Indian nationals from China, where more than 200 people — none of them Indian — have died due to novel coronavirus.

On Friday evening, the Air India spokesperson had stated that another special flight may take off from Delhi airport on Saturday to evacuate Indians from Wuhan.

The death toll from the novel coronavirus outbreak in China has risen to 259 with total confirmed cases surging to 11,791 amid stepped up efforts by a number of countries to evacuate their nationals from Hubei province, the epicentre of the virus, officials said on Saturday.

(With inputs from PTI)

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