India prepares to airlift Indians from Hubei

India prepares to airlift Indians from Hubei

Agency News

Beijing, Feb 1 : India is currently preparing to airlift the remaining Indians from China, hours after it evacuated 324 Indians from the Coronavirus-hit Wuhan city. As the death toll from the contagious disease rose to 259 in China, a special Air India plane carrying 324 people reached Delhi at around 0730 hrs on Saturday.

The evacuated people included 211 students, 110 professionals and three minors. The Indian Embassy in China tweeted it's eagerness to ensure that more Indians are evacuated from Hubei province. "We look forward to operating another flight to evacuate remaining Indian nationals, who have consented to leave Hubei Province for the time being,'' it added.

The Embassy again issued an advisory to the Indian nationals in Hubei, urging them to call the Embassy for any assistance. ''We urge all Indian citizens from Hubei, who intend to avail this flight for India and not yet contacted the Embassy, to urgently call the hotlines (+8618610952903 and +8618612083629) or dedicated email ID before 0800 hrs on February 1, 2020,'' the Embassy tweeted.

Meanwhile, the death toll from Coronavirus in China rose to 259 as total confirmed cases surged to 11,79, while different nations around the world continued their efforts to evacuate their citizens from China. The earlier batch of Indians, who were evacuated, were from Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, however, the next batch would be from the rest of the regions of the province.

A quarantine facility has been set up by the Indian Army at Manesar near Delhi to attend to those returning from China. Those admitted to the facility would be put under observation for the next two weeks. (UNI)