119 Indians, 5 foreigners from coronavirus-hit cruise ship land in Delhi on AI flight


New Delhi: A particular Air India flight carrying 119 Indians and 5 nationals from Sri Lanka, Nepal, South Africa and Peru, who have been on board the coronavirus-hit quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess, landed in New Delhi on Thursday (February 27, 2020) morning.

Government has thanked the Japanese authorities for facilitating the evacuation of individuals.

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

As many as 138 Indians together with 132 crew and 6 passengers have been among the many 3,711 folks on board the posh cruise ship, which was quarantined off Japan on February 5 after it emerged {that a} former passenger had examined constructive for the virus.

Of these, 16 have been examined constructive for coronavirus and can keep in Japan for therapy, whereas the remaining can be repatriated to India. The repatriation is being facilitated by the Indian authorities.Coronavirus has contaminated greater than 80,000 folks in 37 international locations, inflicting greater than 2,600 deaths prior to now few months.

Earlier this month, India had evacuated as many as 640 of its nationals from Wuhan — the capital of the Chinese province of Hubei which has been the epicentre of the novel coronavirus.