India transports 323 more citizens by plane, 7 Maldives from China's Wuhan virus.
BEIJING: On Sunday, India transported a second group of 323 stranded Indians and seven cursed citizens of the Chinese city affected by the coronavirus by air, bringing the total number of people evacuated to 654, authorities said.
Air India jumbo B747 made two flights to the city of Wuhan, the zero zone of the epidemic that killed 304 people and infected 14,380 more.
The second flight of #AirIndia from #Wuhan has just taken off to #Delhi with 323 Indian citizens on board. 7 citizens of Maldives are also being evacuated. Once again grateful to @MFA_China and the local #Hubei authorities for their help. Ambassador tweeted.
The second #AirIndia flight from #Wuhan has just taken off for #Delhi with 323 Indian citizens on board. 7 Maldives ci ... https://t.co/OSIdaAB3ro - Vikram Misri (@VikramMisri) 1580594235000
I want to thank my team at @EOIBeijing who set up an uninterrupted operation of almost 96 hours to coordinate a complex airlift in difficult circumstances for us, passengers and local authorities in #Hubei and #Wuhan, he said in another tweet.
I want to thank my team at @EOIBeijing who set up an uninterrupted operation of almost 96 hours to coordinate a complex ... https://t.co/FGA25L4CR6 - Vikram Misri (@VikramMisri) 1580594500000
A special word of thanks to two of our officers on board the plane - Deepak Padmakumar and M. Balakrishnan - showed an exemplary fortress and a true spirit of public service when traveling to the zero zone in # Wuhan to coordinate airport arrangements . Both tweeted.
We want the people of #China to face the challenge of the # nCoV2019 outbreak. We will continue working with @MFA_China 中国 加油 ､ 武汉 加油 - Vikram Misri (@VikramMisri) 1580594936000
Four Indians were unable to board the second flight after they reported high temperatures, Misri told PTI.
The first flight left early on Saturday with 324 Indians stranded, mostly Wuhan students.
Authorities said six Indians were unable to board the first flight since they were stopped by Chinese immigration officials after they reported high temperature.
Authorities can quarantine to undergo tests to determine if they have coronavirus symptoms.
Twenty-five more were left behind in their agreement, Misri said, adding that there may still be around 100 Indians who remained in the province for which Wuhan is the capital of the province.
Before the evacuation operation, the Indian Embassy informed the Indians that they should undergo health tests before the flight and undergo quarantine for 14 days after arriving in India in special camps.