Coronavirus update: Air India flight with 324 Indians takes off from Wuhan for Delhi
The special Air India flight had departed from Delhi airport on Friday afternoon to evacuate Indian nationals from China’s Wuhan, where many people have died due to novel coronavirus.
ir India’s jumbo B747 plane took off from the Wuhan airport in the early hours of Saturday for Delhi, evacuating 324 Indian nationals from China as the neighbouring country continued to deal with the outbreak of novel coronavirus, said officials.
“With 324 passengers, the special flight has taken off for India from Wuhan. It may reach Delhi at 7.30 am,” said an Air India spokesperson at 1.19 am on Saturday.
There are five doctors from Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital and one paramedical staff on board, said the Air India spokesperson.
The flight had departed from Delhi airport at 1.17 pm on Friday to evacuate Indian nationals from China, where more than 200 people – none of them Indian – have died due to novel coronavirus.
The Air India flight will have at least two doctors and the crew have been instructed to allow only non-infected people into the aircraft. The crew will not deboard from the plane once they reach Wuhan and will maintain minimal contact with the passengers to prevent spread of the novel coronavirus. Food packets and water will be kept on each seatForeign Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had earlier said that out of 1,200 Indian people in Wuhan,
the government has established contact with 600 of them. “We are individually ascertaining their willingness to travel back to India. Our mission is working round the clock to work out the necessary logistics. We are also making arrangements for people to travel to the airport,” he said.The government has also announced that people who have come from China after January 15 will be tested for the coronavirus. The government has also advised that trips to China should be avoided.