BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: As many as 234 Indians who were among the people stranded in Iran amid the coronavirus outbreak have arrived in India, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Sunday.
Indians stuck in Italy were also brought back by the Indian government on Sunday. A special flight of Air India carrying 211 Indian students and eight other passengers, who were stranded in coronavirus-hit Italy, landed in Delhi. The Indians who landed from Italy on Sunday will be kept in quarantine at Indo-Tibetan Border Police’s Chhawla camp in Delhi.
A Mahan Air flight carrying the Indians from Iran landed in Mumbai. Among the 234 people, 131 of them are students and the rest are pilgrims. Jaishankar thanked the Iranian authorities for facilitating the evacuation process of the Indians.
“234 Indians stranded in Iran have arrived in India; including 131 students and 103 pilgrims. Thank you Ambassador @dhamugaddam (Dhamu Gaddam) and @India_in_Iran team for your efforts. Thank Iranian authorities,” the External Affairs Minister tweeted.
Iran is one of the worst affected countries of COVID-19 with 12,729 cases and 611 deaths so far.
Meanwhile, 20 Dubai-bound passengers were not allowed to go further from the international airport in Kerala’s Kochi after a UK national among them tested positive for novel coronavirus shortly before takeoff on Sunday, Hindustan Times reported.