A special Air India Boeing B747 Jumbo Aircraft carrying 324 Indians landed in Delhi today morning. The special Air India flight had taken off from China’s Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in the early hours and landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi at 7:26 am.
The special flight had departed from India’s Delhi airport at 01.17 pm on Friday to evacuate Indian nationals from China’s Wuhan, where more than 200 people – none of them Indian – have died due to novel coronavirus.
Air India special flight to depart today from Delhi for Wuhan (China) for the evacuation of Indians. According to Ashwani Lohani, Air India, CMD, at least 400 Indians will be evacuated today. The flight will take off at 12 pm and will return by 2 am tomorrow. #Coronavirus pic.twitter.com/oPtGU9ySAC— ANI (@ANI) January 31, 2020
As per some officials, The passengers, mostly students, who were evacuated from Wuhan, will be kept in isolation for 14 days at the ITBP centre in Chhawla in the national capital.
Although, Chinese authorities did not allow six Indians on board after they reported high temperatures during screening. “Six passengers were offloaded as they had high temperatures,” a passenger told ANI.
A screening camp has also been set up at the Delhi Airport where they will be screened before they are put under quarantine.
Delhi: #CoronaVirus screening will be conducted by a team of doctors at Delhi Airport for all the 324 Indians who have arrived in the Air India special flight from Wuhan (China). Later on, if necessary, they will be put under medical observation. https://t.co/nhLnq2GIz8 pic.twitter.com/NgGep1mM6q— ANI (@ANI) February 1, 2020
All the passengers will go through necessary screening and following that will be put under observation. Ministry of External Affairs, Health Ministry and the Army will make arrangements for the passengers.
The Union Health Ministry had said on Friday that the government has made adequate quarantine camps at Manesar ((managed by Armed Forces Medical Services) and at Chhawla (managed by ITBP).
Air India jumbo plane – with a team of doctors, and all necessary resources like masks, medical equipment, packed food, prescribed medicines -had departed from Delhi on Friday.
According to the Indian Embassy in Beijing, there will be another flight to evacuate the remaining Indian nationals.
(Source: ANI & Live Mint)
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