Central government formulates to evacuate Indians, those who stranded in Wuhan
New Delhi: Centre Government on Monday decided to take steps for potential evacuation of over 250 Indians from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the fast-spreading coronavirus, and asked Air India to be prepared to operate a special flight for bringing them back.
Only Air India has wide-body aircraft and so we can operate special flight with B747. We are awaiting directions from government, said an airline official.
A meeting directed by Cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba reviewed India’s preparedness to deal with coronavirus amid mounting global concern over accumulative number of cases in China and several other related countries.
The meeting decided to take a raft of protective measures, including screening of people at international ports having traffic from China, as well as at combined check posts across Nepal border.
It was decided that steps may be taken to make for possible evacuation of Indian nationals in Wuhan. Accordingly, ministry of external affairs will make a demand to the Chinses authorities, a government statements said.
The statement said the ministries of civil aviation and health will make preparations for transport and quarantine facilities respectively.
In a letter to PM Narendra Modi, chief minister of Kerala Pinarai Vijayan on Monday said the situation in Wuhan has worsened and urged the PM to arrange for airlifting stranded Indians.
Kerala, which has taken utmost attention on coronavirus surveillance, has been free from any threats so far. Of the seven blood samples that had been conducted for. Of the seven blood samples that had been sent for testing to the Virology institute in Pune, two have been tested negative of coronavirus. As many as 431 people have come from China to the state in the last few weeks. Though they have been permitted to go home, all of them are under the strict radar of the state health department.
The health department has also delivered specific directive to tourism department to keep a close tab on tourist destinations if the tourists from the virus-hit regions are arriving. All hotels have been issued specific directive on the steps and precautions they have to take if they receive any tourist from these virus hit-regions