Indian flight departs to Wuhan to evacuate Indians

NEW DELHIIndian authorities have sent a special flight of national carrier Air India to bring back stranded Indians from China’s Wuhan region following the outbreak of novel coronavirus.

The flight carrying 16 crew members on board for the evacuation process departed from New Delhi in the first flight operation for evacuation, the All India Radio said. “The national carrier once again comes to the rescue this time to evacuate Indians from Wuhan, the site of the outbreak of coronavirus. This mission begins today with a Jumbo 747 operating between Delhi and Wuhan,” Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohan said.

In a statement earlier, Indian External Affairs Ministry Spokesman Raveesh Kumar had said that a formal request was made to the Chinese government for bringing back Indian nationals from the doomed province in two flights.

India on Thursday confirmed the first novel coronavirus in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

“One positive case of novel coronavirus patient, of a student studying the Wuhan university, has been reported in Kerala. The patient has tested positive for novel coronavirus and is in isolation in the hospital. The patient is stable and is being closely monitored,” the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had said in statement.

Today, the Chinese authorities said that the death toll following the novel coronavirus outbreak touched 213 people while there are 9,692 confirmed cases in 31 provinces and cities.

Source: Kuwait News Agency